RNI Films Review | Fuji X-Series | Wedding Photographer Barcelona
After my review of RNI Film App for IOS, I was offered the chance to test out RNI All Films 3.o presets for Lightroom. Having been impressed with the results from their mobile App, I said “yeah sure!”
As someone who shoot exclusively with the Fujifilm X-Series, I decided to approach this review with other X-Series shooters in mind. How does RNI Films 3.0 handle RAF files? Are the results good enough for me to recommend it to other X-Series owners who use Lightroom for post processing? Let’s find out.
* 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 3.0
* 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 converting them into JPEG for comparison sake.
* RNI Films 3.o was then applied to the RAW files and at times I played about with included “Films Essential” toolkit to achieve the result I was after.
Really Nice Images is the company behind these presets and their aim is “to bring character of certain film brands to digital shooters.” RNI All Films 3.0 is their most complete collection, consisting an extensive amount of presets which are organised into 5 distinct categories.
-Negative Films // -Slide Films // -Instant Films // -Vintage Films // -BW Films.
Also included is a Films Essential toolkit which can be use to fine tune presets to your liking.
The Test :
Here is a selection of Wedding & Travel images, originals as shot in camera compared to results achieved using RNI Films 3.0
The Findings :
Not only is RNI All Films 3.0 loaded with plenty of presets, there is also a range of different variations for each preset, e.g. – Agfa Optima 100 // – Agfa Optima 100 – Cool // – Agfa Optima 100 – DR // – Agfa Optima 100 – Warm // – Agfa Optima 400 // – Agfa Optima 100 – Alt. The wealth options was overwhelming at the start but after spending some time playing around, I figured out the ones that work best for me and my approach to things.
- I am a massive fan of the entire BW Films Categories with Ilford Delta being my absolute favourite.
- In terms of the colour presets, I found myself using the Negative Films category the most and Fuji Superia is my pick of the lot.
- The Slide Film category was also nice, but the Vintage and the Instant Categories were a bit too much for me. They’re cool to play with but I can’t see myself using them for anything else beyond some instagram fun, however if you are into this stuff then you will have a field day.
- Emulation a particular film stock is not what I’m after but rather tools that help me create quality images that are in line with my vision, I found what I was looking for within the Negative and BW Films. I am sure you can find yours within the other categories depending on your vision and goals, having options is a good thing I guess.
- I played about with the Films Essential toolkit at times but I didn’t need / use it much.
Here are some more images:
I only dedicate time and effort to write about the products I enjoy using and RNI All Films 3.0 is no different. I was very impressed with some of the results achieved whilst testing out these presets, the Negative Films category produces some beautiful tones and the entire BW Films set is pretty damn good!
Would I recommend these presets to fellow Fujifilm X-Series users? I guess the best compliment I can pay to RNI All Films 3.0 is that I can see myself editing an entire wedding with some of the presets found here – I think one of the Negative Films + a BW Film could do the job fairly well. All in all, editing RAF files in Lightroom with these presets yielded some impressive results and there are plenty of options to suit everyone’s needs! So if presets play a key role in the way you do things and you’re on the market for something that could potentially take your photography in different direction, then give these a shot as they certainly fit the bill. The different categories are available to purchase individually, so I say start with either the Negative or the BW Films pack and go from there. They also come in ACR for PS 6 & CC so you still give them a go if Lightroom is not your thing.
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