FilmLab makes it easy to view and digitize film negatives and slides. All you need is your iPhone or iPad, and a light table or other back light. Whether you're an active film photographer who wants to share your latest roll of film on social media, or a family archivist with a box of old negatives to look through, I hope FilmLab will make your workflow easier and more fun.

FilmLab's camera lets you inspect negatives and proof sheets, with a live preview showing what they'll look like as positives. If you want to save or share an image, tap the capture button. FilmLab uses custom image processing to seamless combine multiple photos from your device's camera for maximum detail.

After capture, you can keep an entire proof sheet, or crop down to a single frame. FilmLab includes modes for color negative, black and white negative, and color positive. It also provides tools for rotating and flipping the image, and adjusting exposure and color balance. FilmLab's negative-to-positive conversion is much more than a simple inversion. It uses custom algorithms to emulate the chemical processes used in darkrooms, and produce accurate colors and tones.

Once you're happy with your proof sheet or image, you can save it to you Camera Roll, or share it using AirDrop, Messages, or social media apps.

Each film image is unique and special. That piece of film was in a specific place at a specific moment in time, and it captured the light as a permanent image using nothing but science and chemistry. Viewing these images always fills me with wonder and puts a smile on my face. I hope FilmLab gives you the same kind of feelings. Thanks for taking the time to check it out!

What's New

Version 1.0.1

This release fixes a single bug, where crop corners were being applied incorrectly on iPhone Plus devices running iOS 12.

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
19 Ratings
19 Ratings

Simple but effective

Mindset media

I was looking for a quick way to view or proof my negatives while in the field and not near my scanner.
This app is a quick simple way to view film negatives and get a feeling for what your negative may give you when printed or worked up in a mor traditional work flow.
This is not really a replacement for a good digital scanner but more a tool to use when you don’t have your scanner or want to do a quick check on what your negatives may give you.
Thanks for such a great portable way to check negatives.
I hope it will have other updates to increase quality and coloring of the image.

Can’t get a decent pic quality.


I purchased this app without hesitating because I’ve followed the project since it was a prototype.
I’m not sure what I’m doing bring because there’s no tutorial or troubleshoot section.
I’m using a back light from my laptop, placing the negative, but for some reason I can’t get the lens to focus properly. The pictures on the Apple store App Download look amazing, but mine look with lots of noise, grainy. I look forward for future updates and tutorials, but in the meantime there’s another free app that does the same but quality is also poor (but free), so I feel like paying for this app wasn’t worth it.
What kind of backlight is recommended?


Phil Sullivan

I’ve been following this app in the newsletters for what seems like decades. I had just missed the Kickstarter and I have been desperate to get a hold of this since then. I will update this review and score after having some more time to play with it, but thank you. Thank you for getting this out into the wild.


Abe Fettig
15.3 MB
Photo & Video
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Abe Fettig


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