One of the trends that have come back to life is film photography. When I told my parents that our 21-year-old point and shoot film camera was still working, they reacted with glee and shock that kids are still interested in them. Maybe it’s the thrill of getting one chance to make a good shot or the surprise of how your photos turned out after having them developed. However, the cost of film and having them developed can get costly. Luckily, app developers have caught up. You can now take “film” photos on your smartphone for free with an app to make photos look like they were taken on a disposable camera. Here are some of my faves.
Huji is one of the first “analog film” apps that became a hit online. Its interface looks like an actual disposable film camera and it’s got the classic time stamp we find in film photos. Fun fact: the developers want you to feel like you’re in 1998 – that’s why the dates on the photo are fixed only for that year.
RNI Film is a favorite among professionals. All you have to do is import photos, even RAW files, and choose from a variety of film presets. The presets are a digitized version of analog slides and negatives. In addition, photo editing is also available and you can purchase additional film presets for Php 199.
Dazz Cam will help you achieve that film photo and video for your IG feed. They offer different camera and lens options for both photo and video: 8mm, VHS, Instax, fish lenses and more. Of course, you’ll get the classic time stamp and random light leaks!
Kids of the 80s or 90s would remember how video filming was done in these years: through a VHS camcorder. VHS Cam is the app that lets you take retro videos: all with the classic “play” and date stamps, and glitches!
Calla Cam is one of the less popular film apps but delivers quality results. What makes it fun is that you’ll never know what kind of film filter you’re getting. You’ll be excited to take more photos!
Remember the term, “Shake it like polaroid”? That’s what you’ll have to do when you take photos on NOMO. It’s a fun and interactive app where you develop photos yourself. They have a variety of 35mm film cameras to choose from and you may purchase their newer cameras.
FIMO will give you the film camera experience – even with sounds! With each photo, you’ll hear the film rolling and its rewinding sound when you finish a roll. You may choose between the classic camera and 8 signature 35mm film presets to get that vintage look.
Disposable film cameras can be expensive, but that’s not a problem with 1888. It’s another film app that gives you an actual disposable camera interface, and it looks like the Kodak one! It’s also unlike others where you’ll have to wait for a day or two to have your photos developed. One snap, and it goes right to your gallery.
Which of these film apps you’re looking forward to trying? Share them below!