FiLMiC is probably best known for its powerful video app, FiLMiC Pro, but the company’s photography app Firstlight — originally launched in 2019 — is one of PetaPixel’s top choices for photo apps on the iPhone.
The company says that since its release, FiLMiC has invested significant engineering and development resources to develop the digital photography industry’s most advanced image processing, exposure management, and shader-based visualizations, which it says elevates the mobile digital photography market to the professional realm.
FiLMiC Firstlight offers multiple camera features including a burst mode, self-timer, flash control, grid overlays, multiple aspect ratios, expanded shadow detail, JPEG, HEIC, or RAW file selection, HDR control, and more.
FiLMiC Firstlight v1.3
Firstlight has been updated to version 1.3 on both iOS and Android and brings with it three major updates: a new film simulation category, new capture configuration, and new animation for the countdown timer.
The new film simulation pack is called Pioneers, which FiLMiC says brings four new film simulations to Firstlight based on various early color film formulations. From 2-strip and 3-strip technicolor formulations to James Maxwell’s front-projection 3 color process, Pioneers gives photographers the ability to shoot with the beautiful creative limitations present in these early film stocks. Pioneers joins the multiple other film simulations offered in the app, which can be previewed on FiLMiC’s website.
Firstlight now also allows photographers to take RAW photos without an accompanying compressed image, and the company has also added a new animation for the count down time as well as added the ability to cancel the countdown timer.
FiLMiC Firstlight on iOS now also supports a new Apple Watch companion app that allows photographers to control the app on their iPhones remotely and take photos directly from their wrist. Users can gain access to this feature by pairing their Apple Watch to their iPhone and choosing the option to install Firstlight using the Apple Watch app on their iPhone. The Apple Watch app is included with Firstlight.