Colin
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Datafilm – Log your film photo EXIF data

Today I stumbled across Datafilm, a free iOS app for film photographers to log their photo EXIF data on the go, via Japan Camera Hunter’s blog. The app is being made by Vincent Tantardini.

Datafilm describes itself this way:

Datafilm is the note app designed for film photographers, focused on simplicity, ease of use and user experience. Keep track of your settings & improve your practice now.

So, why would you use this? Well – I’m the type of person that likes to write EXIF data directly to the film scans I make. I detailed this process in this post a bit. When I look at my JPG files on my computer, I can see what camera, film stock, and geo-location the photo was made with.

This task isn’t easy and takes a fair amount of time. It would be much easier if this could be done at the moment of capture. I don’t know if I would use this app in every situation – but I can definitely see the value in having it handy.

One note to the developer; the app starts off asking you to add “films”. I would rename this to “rolls”. Each roll of film is kept separate so that you can have multiple rolls going at the same time (which makes sense). But the word films confused me at first.

    Chris

    Haven’t tried this, but I have been experimenting with Film Shots, which does the same sort of thing. I haven’t yet got to the point of exporting the data from my iPhone and importing to my Mac, let alone adjusting the EXIF (which Capture One makes quite hard). But I do find the process of making a note for each shot very wearing. It would be ludicrously hard if I had to type my pass code to open the iPhone each time, luckily the fingerprint thing makes it just about bearable.

    Normally I stick with one camera, one lens for each roll, so it’s usually been fairly easy to remember these and enter them in the file name and then into tags in C1. Exposure info has got missed in the past, and Film Shots should fix that. But at the moment I’m doubting it’s worth the hassle. A lot will depend on exactly how well implemented it is, and how easy data entry in the field is.

    I don’t think I will use it in the normal case. But if I’m planning to change lenses a bit, face specially challenging exposures, or want some learning from exposure versus results, I might use it as a special deal.

    Thanks for the comment Chris. I agree with you, this workflow isn’t for every single case. I plan to use it for rolls that have a bunch of random stuff on it.

    Vincent

    Hi Colin,

    Thanks for sharing about Datafilm. And thanks for your recommendation about the wording film/roll. I’ll definitely take that into account.

    Have a great day!

    Thank you for stopping by Vincent! It is a lovely app and I am planning to use it this weekend!

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