New mobile app helps analog photographers capture metadata, and manage film collections from acquisition to archive. Easy to use as a handheld light meter, Crown + Flint is the digital companion for your analog lifestyle.
Lisbon, Portugal, 25 Sep 2023. Crown + Flint is a new app aimed at analog photographers who want to keep better track of their shots, their film, and their equipment. Unlike digital cameras which add tons of metadata to each shot, analog photographers have to rely on taking notes if they want that information. Crown + Flint combines metadata collection with a highly accurate digital light meter to make data collection as easy as metering a scene. Crown + Flint has a carefully designed user interface aimed at minimizing the amount of time you spend with it, and maximizing your time behind the camera.
Collecting metadata helps improve your skills with your equipment. Never wonder which lens, aperture, or shutter speed you used to capture an image. Develop an appreciation for your gear's capabilities and weaknesses. Learn which gear is really your favorite, which works best in various circumstances, and which is letting you down.
A veteran of Silicon Valley, creator Don Goodman-Wilson brings his expertise building software tools like Screenhero and Slack to the analog photography experience. "My overall design goal with Crown + Flint was that it must be as easy to use as a handheld light meter, or more so," Don says. Crown + Flint knows what your equipment is capable of, and will never suggest camera settings that aren't possible.
Crown + Flint is also your home for managing your collection of film—add rolls as you purchase them, then track them as you load them into cameras, or send them off for development. And because Crown + Flint captures reference images for each shot, it's easy to correlate the digital information with the physical negative or slide.
There's more. Manage your library of gear with Crown + Flint. Keep detailed notes on your bodies and lenses, including technical capabilities, serial numbers, and more. Crown + Flint uses this information to ensure metadata collection is as accurate and thorough as with a digital camera.
And of course, everything can be exported to your desktop computer. Crown + Flint produces data files compatible with ExifTool so you can add shot metadata as EXIF information to your digital scans, with more integrations on the way.
Crown + Flint is free to use for your first five rolls of film. After which, you can unlock unlimited films with Pro Mode for a one-time purchase of $19.99 USD. The app is available for download now for iPhone on the Apple App Store or for Android on Google Play
Follow Crown + Flint on Instagram for the latest updates, or join the Crown + Flint community on Discord to meet other analog photographers and get help with the app.