Darkroom is an iPhone photo app that really deserves your attention. I am pretty sure that you will be hearing from this app in the next few months and if you are into iPhone and photography, if like me you are an iPhonographer, then, you should really pay attention to this new app that brings to your iPhone the power of some tools that you previously found on Photoshop.
Darkoom is not like any other photo retouching app for iPhone. It’s different in various aspects and I am going to tell why it’s so different and why I am pretty sure that you will fall in love with this new photography app:
Darkroom iOS : create your own filters
Yes, Darkroom allows iPhone users to actually create their own filters directly on their iDevice. You can tweak your photos, make various adjustments and then record these setting in a preset, as a filter that you can later apply to your other photos. That is new. That is something that we have experienced with Photoshop a few years ago with scripts, and we can benefit now from this feature directly on your iPhone. I don’t believe that a filter like this can be actually applied for all photos, but it’s always a good starting point. These custom homemade filters will make you save a lot of time and will also definitely allow you to boost your creativity and enhance your images.
Darkroom: curves brought to iPhone
That is another big surprise of this photography app for iPhone: Darkroom brings the curve tool to the iOS platform. This means that you can tweak your images using the curve tool on each color channel, red, green, blue. Using curve tools is not easy for beginners. But if you are into photography and that you use lightroom for instance, or Photoshop, you know what I’m talking about. Adjusting each channel’s curve to your most precise desires is the insurance to enhance your images as you really want them to be. The curve tool is powerful (as powerful as it can be tricky to operate as well). It may help you enhance the contrast of the image, adding an S shape curve to the tools, removing a color cast that hurts the final image, relight shadows, get the highlight’s details back, and so on. While Darkroom iOS is free, you will still have to pay 2.99$ as in app purchase to get the curve tool in Darkroom for iPhone.
Darkroom user interface: well done
Darkroom is a well thought out application. The presence of the curve tool, the possibility to make your own filters, these have prouved that the editors have thought deeply what iPhonographers where waiting for but that is not it. Most photo retouching apps for iOS have a weird worlkflow. Users usually have to open an image first before they can edit it. In Darkroom, that’s different. You don’t have to open an image from your iPhone camera roll on the iPhone. All your photos that are on your iPhone are directly available within Darkroom. This is the promise to faster operations and faster operations is actually what we want nowadays. That is even why iPhone exists!
Unlimited history of edits
Darkroom has borrowed another key feature to Photoshop: the history of edits. Darkroom memorises every step of your process, every adjustment you applied to the photos you are processing with the app. The history is not limited. This means that at anytime, you can actually get back to a previous stage of your work. That is absolutely awesome, and again, if you are a Photoshop user, a lightroom user, you know how convenient such a feature can be.
Darkroom: Price and availability
Darkroom is actually available only in its iPhone version. You can download it from the app store. As I said earlier, Darkroom for iPhone is absolutely free, well not absolutely, as you will have to pay $2.99 if you want to benefit from the curve feature which you will buy from within the app.
The application has been developed by Bergen, a small company founded by the two developers who went into this crazy project and thanks to who we get to see this promising application which I am sure will grow rapidly among iPhone users and iPhonographers.