It’s no secret I love black and white photography. Recently, I found out about BLACK App, by Peter Stojanowski, and fell in love. I have a hard time using anything else now, so much so that recently, my husband glanced over while I was editing and said, with his tongue in his cheek, “oh, you’re editing yet another photo in black and white? Shocking!”
BLACK just does something extra-special when converting iPhone photos to black and white, and it does it so much better than the other apps I’ve used. It truly looks so much like film: it’s dynamic and gorgeous. I feel kind of like I’m cheating, because I just use one of their 10 black and white film presets (my favorite is the GP3 100 Shanghai, followed closely by the NEOPAN 400 Fuji–I like high contrast), maybe slightly adjust the curves, and that’s it. It’s so easy.
The app itself isn’t expensive, and yes, you have to pay to access the tools to adjust past the presets, but it’s well worth it. The one thing I wish it did have is a sharpening tool, so if I feel like my photo needs a little bit of sharpening, I’ll just use one of the other myriad apps with tools that do that, before or after using BLACK to complete my image. Although, I kind of like how limited the options are, the app is so beautiful in its simplicity, and it does such a good job with such little tinkering to the image needed, if any at all.
I really can’t say enough good things about this app. Hopefully my photos helped say it for me.
As (almost) always, all photos were taken with my iPhone 6, and all in this post were edited with BLACK App.