I am excited to present a project I have been working on during the past few months. It is called Datafilm and it is a modern note taking iOS app designed for film photographers.
Apart from being an interface designer, I am also an amateur analog photographer who started his journey into film photography a few years ago while moving to Asia. As soon as I shot my first film rolls, I fell in love with the whole experience. However, coming from the digital world, I found myself missing the metadata part, also called EXIF, embedded into digital images.
The main reason I wanted to keep track of my shots aperture and shutter speed was so I could learn from my mistakes and improve my practice depending on light and situations later on. However as we all know, films only capture light, they don’t capture camera or lens settings.
I was lucky enough to shoot in a large variety of places here in Asia, however as a westerner, it’s sometimes difficult for me to remember the name of this small city or this local place shown on my pictures. Unfortunately films can’t keep track of such type of information either.
The good news is, nowadays our phones are always with us and they are totally capable to handle both of these scenarios, and even more.
Datafilm lets you keep track of your frames’ info such as aperture, shutter speed, focal, frame number and flash usage. It also keeps track of the date, time, geolocation and extra notes related to your shots.
You can browse and organise your film library into different folders, and search through them to quickly find any of your films. You can export your films into Text document or JSON files and instantly share them to your computer, other mobile devices or contacts.
I’ve been trying to find the right balance between flexibility and simplicity. For example, adding and setting up your camera and lens automatically adapts the interface controls and values depending on your gear (ex: f/stop increments). And the app also includes a database of over 200 film stocks to make your selection easier and quicker.
I have been translating the app in English, French and Spanish. A German version is currently in progress and I hope I will be able to include more languages in the future to make it as accessible as possible.
As a designer, I have always been passionate about minimalism, simplicity, and ease of use, and I did my best to embed them as core values along the creation process. I hope you will enjoy the experience and find the project useful.
Last but not least, I do believe that great products are made by teaming up with users and iterating over time. So please feel free to reach out to me anytime directly via the app or via [email protected] if you have any feedback. Datafilm is a free and non-profit project made by/for passionate analog photographers.
- Keep track of your frame settings (frame number, focal, shutter speed, compensation, aperture, flash, date, time, geolocation…)
- Attach a reference picture to a frame
- Display your frame location on a map
- Organize your film library using folders
- Search for films
- Export your Data to JSON or Text Documents
- Instantly share your exports to your other Apples devices or lab contact
- Adaptive controls matching your lens characteristics (full, half or third aperture clicks)
- Pre-filled lens/camera/stock/ISO rating when adding new films to save you some time
- Optimized for vertical & horizontal orientations
- Pre-loaded selection of over 200 film stocks
- Designed according to Apple Human Design Guidelines
- Optimized speed and performance for older model of iPhones
Download Datafilm for free on the AppStore.
Thank you very much for your time and thanks to Hamish for giving me the opportunity to introduce you to Datafilm.
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