Posted February 12, 2015 by Kyle Frost

Today, Darkroom launches into the crowded mobile editing space with names Instagram, VSCO, Afterlight, and Litely.  Can it stand apart?

After a successful beta period that created a bit of buzz amongst mobile photographers, Darkroom is available on the App Store today. The key difference between Darkroom and other editing apps is the addition of curve adjustments, which serious photographers will drool about.  It’s also how they make their money.  The app itself is free, but you’ll have to shell out $2.99 to unlock curves. We notice a bit of an image compression issue when viewing in the app, but overall, it seems like a solid companion to the mobile photographers workflow with a big upside.

Some key features:

Instant Import

Instead of the tedious importing process of other apps, your photo library is instantly accessible.

Custom Filters

The app comes with a set of 12 filters, but what we’re really excited about is the ability to save your adjustments as new custom filters. This could be big.A marketplace of sorts where photographers can share and download each other’s filters could be in a future update.

Infinite History

Your entire adjustment history for each image is stored

Easy “save to square”

All apps have this in some form or another, but the workflow in Darkroom feels so much smoother.


Overall, an impressive experience. We’ll update more after continued use!

Get Darkroom on the App Store.

Kyle Frost

About Kyle Frost

I'm an adventure photographer and the lead designer at SmartShoot. When I'm not working, you'll likely find me on top of a mountain somewhere.

Keep in touch: @kylefrost

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