Grainery is a new Instagram-inspired app for film photographers
Grainery is a new photo sharing app designed for film photography enthusiasts. Its beta version is now available and will soon be launched on iOS and Android.
The app’s layout will be familiar to Instagram users, with photos displayed much like Meta’s photo-sharing site. Things like follower suggestions, direct messaging, explore page, notifications, and even fonts are surprisingly similar to Instagram.
But unlike Instagram, details relevant to film photography are present, such as the type of film used, the analog camera body and the lens model.
“Grainery is a place for film photographers to share, learn and collaborate. The hope is that everything feels familiar, but with a few more analog-specific features to get the most out of your experience,” says Grainery.
Users will be prompted to complete the gear section on their profile page and will not be able to post until they have added at least one camera, lens, and film to their profile.
When posting an image, the user can add standard details such as caption, location, and hashtags. It also allows users to indicate the exposure value and tell if the film was pushed or pulled during development and by how many stops. If the user had a different movie in their camera than the one in their profile, they can also change that.
Once a photo has been posted, app users can find an image by searching for a specific camera, lens or film. For example, if someone wants to see photos taken with a Hasselblad 500C/M, they can search for it by first typing an exclamation mark followed by Hasselblad 500C/M where all posts tagged with that camera will be displayed .
Application is at a very early stage
Grainery appears to have been developed by a single person, who yesterday wrote on the app’s Instagram account that “mobile apps could be done by the end of next week. I started this project three weeks ago, crazy to think.
Although the app is in a nascent stage, users are already posting movie photos on the app from all over the world. Film photography is showing something of a resurgence with film makers launching new 35mm rolls and a resurgence in mainstream interest.