With the rise of digital photography, good old-fashioned film processing has, for the most part, become a thing of the past for many of us. But with a new app called Koloid, photography enthusiasts can play around with the look and feel of wet plate collodion photography while creating digital images with their iPhones and iOS devices.
How? By emulating the effects one can achieve through the 19th century process. But how does it work?
The user starts the process by taking an image within the application. From that point, the user can tilt their phone to move virtual developing liquid across the composition, thus controlling exposure levels. The longer the virtual developing liquid stays on an area, the darker it becomes (nice touch!).
As put by the developer (no pun intended), “When you feel the picture’s ready, stop the process. Wait a sec for the chemistry to sink in and… voila!”
Certainly, it’s not an actual simulation of the wet plate collodion process, but it’s a cute novelty that promises to produce unique imagery with every use.
Of course, this being an iPhone application, you can bet you have the option to upload the “developed” image to social media. Or if sending by email or SMS is your thing, that option is available as well.
Here are some sample photographs shot using Koloid:
Check it out on the iTunes App Store, where the app is priced at $0.99.