RNI Films 4.0 Wedding Photography Review
Kaizen, a term I first encountered in a business studies class as a 15/16 year old secondary school student and one that I’ve become accustomed to since I started shooting with the Fujifilm X-Series over 3 years ago. I don’t think perfection exist but I’m a firm believer in progression ; Continuos improvement in all aspect of life is something we should strive for.
Roughly a year ago, I shared my thoughts & findings on RNI All Films 3.0 and now I get to test out the Pro version of their latest offering , RNI All Films 4.0. Where as my previous review was targeted towards other Fujifilm shooters (I still shoot Fuji by the way) and included some travel photography, I am approaching this review solely with wedding photographers in mind. My conclusion from V. 3.0 was that “I can see myself editing an entire wedding with some of the presets…” so I think this is the right way to go about things, all the images used for this review were taken on actual wedding days.
My aim is to work with RNI Films 4.0 on a variety of images created under different lighting conditions to see if it is a tool that I can use to assist me in creating beautiful images that my clients will love.
Since the last review, everything is exactly the same on my end in terms of gear, in fact nothing has changed in the past 3 years!
* Lightroom 4 is my tool of choice for post processing, so presets play an important part of my workflow – my review is that of the Lightroom version of RNI Films 4.0
* All images were originally shot RAW on either a Fujifilm X-Pro 1 or X100S. There is no editing done to the “original” images apart from cropping and converting them into JPEG for comparison sake.
* RNI Films 4.0 was then applied to the RAW files and I sometimes played about with included “RNI Toolkit” to achieve the result I was after.
Beautiful and accurate film presets made after real film stock, RNI All Films aims to bring “the magic touch of film into your digital workflow.” Version 4.0 is their most complete offering for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop ACR, featuring 58 film stocks and more than 300 creative presets.
Just like the previous version, they are organised into 5 categories: Negative (my favorite), Slide, Instant, BW and Vintage, each containing a great selection of carefully crafted presets. There are also some new films and the addition of camera profiles, you can find out everything that’s new in V. 4.0 here.
The Findings :
Due to my previous experience with RNI All Films I knew exactly where to start, with the Negatives and this where I spent most of my time. Not to completely disregard the other categories, they are fun to use, in fact I can see it as the go to for those with an alternative approach to their wedding images. However, for me the negative films are the best suited to the way I like to create images.
Fuji Superia, Fuji Pro 400h & Agfa Optima 100 are three stunning presets and undeniably my most used. In fact, the headline image of this post was edited with Agfa Optima 100 (warm), it’s a killer for sunset frames!
Ilford Delta remains my favorite BW FILM, but as stated previously I am a fan of the entire BW category.
I think everything I said about V. 3.0 is applicable for V. 4.0 too.
RNI All Films 4.0 loaded with plenty of presets as well as a range of different variations of each preset, the wealth options can be overwhelming in the beginning.
The other categories – Slide, Vintage and Instant are equally as good but are a bit too much for my taste. However, like I said, for those who take an alternative approach to editing their wedding images, these could be a perfect match.
I played about with the RNI Toolkit a bit more this time around, not sure if it was out necessity or just out of curiosity but I had fun nevertheless.
Some more images:
I can honesty say that I was blown away by the consistent quality of the results. Apparently “most of the existing film presets have been either re-worked from the ground or fine-tuned for higher accuracy and better skin tones” and I wouldn’t argue with that. These presets are capable of delivering quality results with some beautiful tones throughout different lighting and at times challenging conditions.
My goal is not to emulate any particular film stock, what I’m after are tools that help me create quality images that are in line with my vision, and RNI All Films 4.0 fit the bill perfectly, especially the presets within the Negative Films category. The wedding season is closing in on my end but I am already looking forward to next season’s adventures and the images I create with the help of these presets. I was thoroughly impressed with their previous offering and even more so with this one. RNI All Films 4.0 is a high quality product with enough options to suit everyone’s creative vision.