Analogue came out yesterday, before I start to go in details with this app I wanted to talk about the basic aesthetics behind large format photography. You have to have a different mind set when you shot large format photos. It’s not quick and easy shooting. Large format teaches you how to slow down and find your composition that fits with in the frame.
The viewfinder is upside down, for some people this can be a huge advantage for lining up your photos before you take the shot. This is why I recommend you using a tripod if you want to use this app. This was the format to use before 35mm came later and took over. I’ve had the experience of using a 4×5 camera. Let me tell you something, it was a workout to carry all that gear with you and the set up always took along time. The tripod itself is heavier than the camera. There was no way you could hand held these cameras to get a stead shot, unless you have one of those old Graflex cameras.
This is the walk through of how the Analogue operates.
What else I love about this is app is the whole darkroom printing within the app. This is where all my darkroom experiences come into play. I used to hate making tests stripes with an enlarger. So I learn to print from my gut by looking at the negative closely with a loop on the light table. I could tell what details would come out and what would be lost in printing. I make my basic print with the normal standard settings. I would get a good print within 3 to 4 tries. I would also split filter all my prints. I could print out my final portfolio in 8 hours.
If you have good negatives, you don’t have to burning/dodging your prints (another thing I hated to do in the darkroom). The funny part was I always had my burning/dodging tool with me and someone always need them. That was the only time my tools ever got used back in the darkroom days. But for some people test strips and burning/dodging were essential tools of the trade, they were great to have at all times. I prefer to use these tools now in the digital world just not in the analog world. I don’t knock on this because these tools can be a lifesaver.
There’s a loop so you can check for the sharpness of the photos after the darkroom process. I still miss looking through a loop on the light table but this is a better way to look for sharp details in your photo.
My overall opinion still stands, Analogue is great for iPad camera users who want to shoot large format without all the heavy gear. I can see this app used for studio projects (Richard Avedon) to landscape photos. Analogue will be the door that opens up and pave the way toward Mobile Large Format Photography (Ansel Adam). All you need are a dark cloth, heavy tripod with an iPad mount and good hiking boots for the outdoors. Analogue sells for $2.99 in the App Store. If you have any questions about this blog post, please leave comments. Have a great day and see you soon !!!