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8 Must-Have Photo Apps for That Authentic Retro Effect

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| November 8, 2017

8 Must-Have Photo Apps

for That Authentic

Retro Effect

By Therese Aseoche

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You might have seen them all over social media — faux film photos complete with time stamps, random light leaks, and a grainy vintage look. It’s the newest millennial trend, imitating analog photography of yesteryears without needing to exert the same effort. All you have to do is download an app that provides you with that authentic retro photo effect, and you’re set! Here are just 8 of them to choose from.


A crowd favorite, Gudak gives you VSCOcam-like filtered photos. They’re pretty, faded and grainy, with blurred backgrounds and optional time stamps. The cons of this app is that it’s priced at PHP 49.00 at the App Store, only available for iPhone users, and takes three days to have the photos developed per film. Here’s a pro-tip, though — just adjust your phone’s date setting to three days ahead.


Huji Cam

If spending on the Gudak app isn’t worth the money, Huji Cam is the next best thing. It’s everything the Gudak is but with a few enhanced features — instant develop time, and a viewfinder you can maximize by tapping on it. However, the photos are significantly more burned, still not available for Android users, and its time stamp is dated “1998.” This app is better used at brightly-lit places.



Via iTunes

The one good thing about the CALLA app is that it allows you to adjust your camera’s focus like a legit professional camera. It comes free, but you’ll have to buy the in-app presets to truly be able to experience the app in full.



This app isn’t for amateur film photographers; it enables you to edit your photos like a pro aside from applying retro-style presets so you can really get that vintage look you’ll be satisfied with. It’s priced at PHP 149.00 at the App Store and could even replace your VSCOcam and Adobe Lightroom apps!