Darkr brings the darkroom feel to your smartphone photography

darkr darkroom burning dodging ios iphone ipad apple app 2
Modern technology has all but rendered physical darkrooms irrelevant. Instead of dodging and burning light onto photographic paper using a round piece of cardboard taped to a spare piece of wire, we dodge and burn using an infinitely customizable brush on the pixels of our high-resolution LED displays.

Darkrooms might never be as popular as they were in days past, but a new app is looking to bring a little bit of the darkroom feel into our digital world. It’s called Darkr, and it appears to be a newer version of Analogue, a previous app from the same developer, Marcus Carlson.

Unlike other analog-inspired applications, Darkr takes editing to the next level by taking a step back. Rather than overlaying a preset, which can be controlled with sliders and numbers, Darkr lets you simulate the process of exposing an image on photographic paper, complete with test strips, dodging and burning, cropping, blurring, toning, and other effects taken directly from the days of darkrooms.

darkr darkroom burning dodging ios iphone ipad apple app 1

Beyond editing, Darkr features an integrated camera designed to replicate the experience of shooting with large-format cameras. The image is upside-down and there’s no zoom. Like the days of wet plate photography, the camera will force you to slow down and immerse yourself in the photography more deeply than can be done with most digital interfaces.

After taking the app for a spin, I can say that of the hundreds of photography apps I’ve used, Darkr is hands-down one of the most unique and inspirational that I’ve come across. It blurs the lines between digital and analog and brings back memories of hours spent locked away in the darkroom during high school photography class.

Darkr is free to download and comes with a broad range of editing options. For extra camera modes, the ability to edit in layers, and extra editing tools, in-app purchases are available for between one and three dollars.

To download Darkr, head on over to the iOS App Store. It works on iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices running iOS 8.1 or higher.

Download for iOS

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Grow veggies indoors and shower more efficiently

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Home Theater

Here's a handy guide to mirroring your favorite devices to your TV screen

A vast arsenal of devices exists to allow sending anything on your mobile device (or PC) to your TV. Our in-depth guide shows you how to mirror content from your smartphone or tablet to the big screen.
Photography

What’s the difference between Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic?

Lightroom CC has evolved into a capable photo editor, but is it enough to supplant Lightroom Classic? We took each program for a test drive to compare the two versions and see which is faster, more powerful, and better organized.
Mobile

Flip from portrait to landscape as we reveal how to rotate a video on iPhone

If you've accidentally shot a video in portrait orientation and you want to flip to landscape, then this is the guide for you. We'll explain how to use iMovie to rotate a video on your iPhone or iPad for free and suggest alternative apps.
Mobile

How to perform a reverse image search in Android or iOS

You can quickly use Google to search, and reverse search, images on a PC or laptop, but did you know it's almost as easy to do in Android and iOS? We explain how to do it here, whether you want to use Chrome or a third-party app.
Photography

Photography news: Wacom’s slimmer pen, Leica’s cinema special edition

In this week's photography news, Wacom launches a new slimmer pen for pro users. Leica's upcoming M10-P is designed for cinema, inside and out, with built-in cinema modes in the updated software.
Photography

Mirrorless cameras were built to be compact, so why have they gotten so heavy?

Mirrorless cameras launched as portable alternatives to bulky and complex DSLRs -- so why are they getting bigger and heavier? Cameras are trending towards heavier models, but that change comes with more advanced features.
Mobile

Be careful who you bokeh, jokes Apple’s latest iPhone ad

With iPhone sales under pressure, you'd think there wouldn't be much to laugh about at Apple HQ. But the company has seen fit to inject some humor into its latest handset ad, which highlights the camera's Depth Control feature.
Photography

Luminar’s libraries gain speed, drop need for you to manually import images

Luminar 3 just got a performance boost. Skylum Luminar 3.0.2 has improved speed over December's update, which added the long-promised libraries feature giving editors a Lightroom alternative.
Photography

When you're ready to shoot seriously, these are the best DSLRs you can buy

For many photographers the DSLR is the go-to camera. With large selection of lenses, great low-light performance, and battery endurance, these DSLRs deliver terrific image quality for stills and videos.
Photography

The best place to print photos online in 2019

Have you been looking around for the best place to print out your favorite photos online or in store? Don't fret, we've pored through dozens of options and narrowed it down to the seven best.
Photography

The Panasonic FZ1000 gets a much-needed update alongside the smaller ZS80 zoom

Panasonic's 2014 superzoom camera with a larger sensor has finally seen an update. The new Panasonic FZ1000 II has a sensor that's better for low light, more physical controls, and new 4K Photo Mode features.
Photography

Watch the construction of a 270-degree fisheye lens, the widest ever

Think you've seen wide fisheye lenses? Think again. A team from Lensrentals recently shared a behind-the-scenes look at a custom prototype 4.5mm fisheye lens, which captures a whopping 270-degree view.
Photography

NASA celebrates Earth’s incredible natural beauty with free photo book

NASA has published a fabulous new book featuring stunning imagery captured by its satellites over the years. A hardback version is available for $53, though it can also be downloaded to ebook readers for free, and enjoyed online.