Really Nice Images — Review

I have always been a fan of VSCO film packs, for either the photos on my iPhone or camera photos with Lightroom. However that may be about to change.

I present to you Real Nice Images Film Presets. These guys have been around the block since 2012 and promises users the opportunity to enhance digital photos with Instagram-like simulations.

“What makes us getting back to distinctive analog colours and grain again and again? We believe the reason is character. It is something in human nature to strive for perfection but to love for character.” ~ RNI

I couldn’t agree more with this quote. We just keep going back.

About a week ago RNI, knowing my love for photography, offered me the entire pack of the new RNI Film V3.0 Presets, and I couldn’t be happier! I played with it for a while and it really surprised me the subtle way they can enhance a photo — so I had to talk about it here.

Having said that, a disclaimer is in order: this review is my own opinion and point of view; I was not paid to do it, and all of the following is unbiased.

RNI Film Presets are divided into five different packs, designed to give you different results: Negative Films, Slide Films, Instant Films, Vintage Films, and Black & White.

Agfa Scala 200 - Edited
RNI Black & White Film — Agfa Scala 200

One of my favourite packs is the Slide Films. The colours are superb and I just love that warmness you can feel out of the photo. It doesn’t completely alter the colours of the photo like some of the others, but it gives it enough change to make all the right colours pop, in a good way.

RNI Slide Films — Fuji Fortia SP - Alt
RNI Slide Film — Fuji Fortia SP – Alt
RNI Slide Films — Kodak E100VS
RNI Slide Film — Kodak E100VS
RNI Slide Films — Fuji Astia 100F - Warm
RNI Slide Film — Fuji Astia 100F – Warm
RNI Slide Films — Fuji Provia 100F
RNI Slide Film — Fuji Provia 100F
RNI Slide Films — Fuji Velvia 100
RNI Slide Film — Fuji Velvia 100
RNI Slide Films — Kodak Elite Chrome 100
RNI Slide Film — Kodak Elite Chrome 100

The presets are nicely constructed and it’s easy to change a feature if you don’t like the end result. For the Instant Film pack and the Vintage Film, for instance, I felt the need to turn off the blur effect for some pictures, because the images looked like they had lost some of its sharpness/quality. Of course that if you’re going for a completely instant or vintage film look, then, these are perfect, since back then, cameras didn’t have the same end result as we get with digital cameras today.

RNI Instant Films —Polaroid 669 - Expired 6.4 +
RNI Instant Film —Polaroid 669 – Expired 6.4 +
RNI Instant Films — Fuji FP 100C - Faded
RNI Instant Film — Fuji FP 100C – Faded
RNI Instant Films — Fuji Instax Mini
RNI Instant Film — Fuji Instax Mini
RNI Instant Film — Polaroid 600 - Alt
RNI Instant Film — Polaroid 600 – Alt

You can clearly see here the blur effect completely blowing out the detail of the picture, but it’s something that you can easily turn off or change, so it’s not really an issue.

RNI Instant Film — Polaroid 669
RNI Instant Film — Polaroid 669

As you can see with the previous images, you could never tell this was not taken with the respective instant film. It’s that perfect.

There’s a pretty good range of different variations inside the same preset, so you also have plenty of different choices, like:

– Ilford Delta 100 – Alt
– Ilford Delta 100 – Faded +
– Ilford Delta 100 – Faded
– Ilford Delta 100 – HC
– Ilford Delta 100

These are all part of the RNI Black & White Film pack. And if that is not enough you have an (almost) infinite list of correction tools, where you can change the vignette, the fade, the contrast, etc.

We also get different ISOs for the same film as well, as you can see in the examples below, which is always useful.

RNI Black & White Films — Ilford Delta 100
RNI Black & White Films — Ilford Delta 100
RNI Black & White Films — Ilford Delta 400
RNI Black & White Films — Ilford Delta 400
RNI Black & White Films — Ilford Delta 800
RNI Black & White Films — Ilford Delta 800
RNI Black & White Films — Ilford Delta 3200
RNI Black & White Films — Ilford Delta 3200

My other favourite pack has to be RNI Negative Films. The tones are just beautiful — just look at that beauty.

RNI Negative Films — Agfa Optima 100
RNI Negative Films — Agfa Optima 100
RNI Negative Films — Agfa Optima 100
RNI Negative Films — Agfa Optima 100
RNI Negative Films — Agfa Vista 100 - Alt 2
RNI Negative Films — Agfa Vista 100 – Alt 2
RNI Negative Films — Fuji Pro 800Z - HC Fade
RNI Negative Films — Fuji Pro 800Z – HC Fade
RNI Negative Films — Fuji Superia 800
RNI Negative Films — Fuji Superia 800
RNI Negative Films — Rollei Digibase - Extra DR
RNI Negative Films — Rollei Digibase – Extra DR — one of my very faves!

With the Vintage Film I just love the melancholy one feels the second you lay your eyes on the transformed picture. Just like I mentioned with the Instant Film, you have a lot of variations with blur and frames, which does make the preset much more faithful to the original, but for me it just doesn’t do, so I just turn it off and ta-da!, instantly beautified photos!

RNI Vintage Film — Agfacolor 60s
RNI Vintage Film — Agfacolor 60s
RNI Vintage Film — Agfacolor XPS 160 - Calm
RNI Vintage Film — Agfacolor XPS 160 – Calm
RNI Vintage Film — Kodachrome 40s - Slide 3
RNI Vintage Film — Kodachrome 40s – Slide 3
RNI Vintage Film — Kodachrome 50s - Vibrant
RNI Vintage Film — Kodachrome 50s – Vibrant
RNI Vintage Film — Kodachrome 60s
RNI Vintage Film — Kodachrome 60s
RNI Vintage Film — Kodachrome 64 - Warm
RNI Vintage Film — Kodachrome 64 – Warm
RNI Vintage Film — Kodachrome 1958
RNI Vintage Film — Kodachrome 1958

All in all this is definitely *the* alternative to VSCO film packs. The only disadvantage I see here is that VSCO uses a range of different presets for different camera brands. For the average photo-taker, who just wants their photos to look good and pop instantly in an easy one-click-no-brainer way, this is absolutely the way to go.

Some of the RNI presets made their way to my top favourite list, without a doubt, so I’m definitely using this in the future.

Hope you guys liked the review and please check Real Nice Images packs, they’re worth it!

Have a great Sunday.

 

  • Não conhecia mas parece-me muito bem! Vou ter de experimentar. 🙂

  • Ezequiel

    Great review!! Thanks

  • Victor Felipe S

    Great review.

  • One look at the first few images and I downloaded the app before I even finished reading your article. Excellent review.

    • Thank you so very much! =D makes me very happy that you liked it so much!

  • I’ve seen both VSCO’s work as well as that of Replichrome, and this is really excellent stuff, this contender may actually enter my top. I found myself laughing at some of them, the instant film emulations are just ridiculously good, and the Velvia look seems to emulate Velvia better than Fujifilm themselves does Velvia in their Fuji X series.

    They even managed to dare to take on the classic Kodachrome look and pull it off reasonably well (at least from my memory), which speaks of confidence in their product as well as skill. Impressive!

    • Have to agree with you. They’ve done an impressive job. 🙂

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