Trying Out The Gudak App + What I Think About It

14 October 2017

When I came across this video ad on Facebook about a mobile app that allows its users to have a feel of what it's like to take photos with a Kodak film camera using their smart phones (sobrang mouthful hahaha), I was immediately eager to get my hands on the said app. 
Thank you Ced and Aena for helping me get Gudak. 😉 

When you open the app you will be greeted by this:

There are 24 photos you can take in one film, and you have to use all of them to get the photos to start developing. A new film of 24 photos becomes available after 72 hours or 3 days, and your previous photos will have finished developing after another 12 hours–they will be directly saved to your phone's camera roll. But who has that much time to wait? PRO TIP: My friends and I just change the date and time settings on our phones to get our photos immediately after we take them. This is what the "Processing Laboratory" looks like after your used up films have finished developing:

I tried the app for the first time this past week, used up 3-4 film rolls, and here's what I got:

 P E O P L E 

 S E L F I E S 

 P O R T R A I T S 

 N A T U R E 

 O T H E R S 


 W H A T  I  L O V E 
  1. Gudak is for busy/lazy people who do not have time/patience to edit their photos the "ideal" way. Personally, I find editing on VSCO, Lightroom, and other editing apps quite overwhelming sometimes, what with all the options I have to pick from just to arrive at a "decent" output. Gudak allows me to enjoy taking pictures without having to worry about the need to edit them afterwards.
  2. The viewfinder is so small, and there's almost no preview available. Even so, it all adds to the "mystery" of finding out how the photos will turn out.
 W H A T  I  D O  N O T  L O V E 
  1. I guess no one should really expect the app to be perfect, but I did. The photographs above, among many others that I did not opt to share on here, are proof. Sometimes the pictures develop to be a little too bright or too dark. The good thing is they can easily be tweaked with using other editing apps or even with the camera roll settings by simply adjusting their brightness or exposure.
  2. The only thing I really do not like about the app is how long the photos are supposed to be developed. Good thing the old date-and-time trick works!

The developers of Gudak pride themselves with the tagline, "Preview kills the moment," and they could not have said it any better than that. This post is not paid; I was really just pleased with the Gudak app because despite the failed attempts, the app still delivered well. If you want to download it, you can get it on the App Store for $0.99 and on Google Play for FREE. I hope this post helps with whatever you decide. 

Disclaimer: All photos were taken and processed ONLY with the Gudak camera app to give you guys an authentic feel of it.

PS: I wanna thank my friends for being so "game" to take photos with me. They did not know that I was going to make a blogpost. Frankly, I did not know, too, until I saw the final pictures.

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♡ Lois


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