Apps and accessories help make Apple iPad a hand-held darkroom

“Over the years, I’ve been in and out of relationships with dozens of film cameras, Pentax, Canon, Nikon, Minolta and others, as a result of my passion for photography,” Nick Bilton reports for The New York Times.

“In the late 1990s, after college, I snapped so many photos that I ended up building a 5-by-6-foot darkroom in the corner of my living room in Brooklyn. There, standing amid long, dark strips of film under the glow of a dim red light, I spent countless hours mixing pungent chemicals and developing and printing photographs,” Bilton reports. “I have since retired most of my film cameras. Now, my camera bag is all digital, and my darkroom is 7 inches wide and 9.5 inches long: an Apple iPad.”

Bilton reports, “The immediacy of digital has pushed photographers to want to edit their photos and then share them right away. A number of applications allow you to do this, some free and some costing as much as $20.”

Bilton covers:
• SnapSeed (free)
• iPhoto ($4.99)
• Photoshop Express (free)
Photoshop Touch ($9.99)
ShutterSnitch ($15.99)
• Photosmith ($19.99)
piRAWnha ($9.99)
• Photoraw ($9.99)

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “David G.” for the heads up.]


    1. B&W film has to be processed using a red light; loading the film into a developing tank must be done in total darkness, then making prints is done with a red light in the darkroom.

      1. Red is an inappropriate color for most film and print woe. safety amber is a much preferred solution. It is brighter and is better for evaluating the results of development time than red is. Red is a holdover from the lithographic industry. And yes, I was a commercial printer and have printed many thousands of black and white prints.

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