OK, I admit that there is definitely a difference in whether you shoot your photos with a DSLR or a Smartphone. Those who really devote themselves to photography will probably always prefer to have a “real camera” in their hands. But, no matter how much one belongs to “team DSLR”, there is no question about some advantages of a smartphone when it comes to taking pictures. It is always on hand, convenient and briskly pulled out of your pocket or purse when needed. There is no denying it, most of us, if not all of us, use their smartphones for taking pictures from time to time.
The newest invention when it comes to smartphone photography will therefore maybe delight you as much as it did me. Thanks to a team of creatives, who are working on the Fojo project for more than two years now, there is now a darkroom kit for smartphone photos.
With this kit, which is also quite compact and can be easily transported, you can develop your smartphone photos the old school way. The procedure is very easy. You simply upload the image you want to develop on the Enfojer App. You can even edit your photo with this App. Then you make sure that you turn the room into a darkroom and place your phone face-down in the cradle. Then you have to snap your fingers to turn off the screen and insert the photo paper into the enlarger. Once again, simply snap your fingers, turning your screen back on and the exposure begins.
As with the traditional darkrooms, the photo then has to pass a few stations or baths. (Developer bath, stop bath, fixer and finally water)
With the Enfojer you can not only develop your smartphone pictures, but also classic film. The only downside to the whole thing is that up until now, the darkroom kit is pretty expensive. Regular prices start from 249 €.
If you want a more detailed look into how the kit works, have a look at this video.