RNI film presets for Lightroom
Really Nice Images, RNI, in short, make film and Instagram inspired presets for Adobe Lightroom. They currently offer two vintage film preset collections for professional use and four bundles with emulations the based on the Instagram application for mobile devices. The main difference is that the pro Iconic films 2.1 and Faded Films 2.1 offer high-resolution support, limited only by your camera’s max RAW resolution, whilst the Instagram based presets are meant mainly for used on jpeg’s.
None of the RNI film presets are expensive: the Pro bundles cost $39,99 each ($68,98 when you purchase them together), the Instant $19,99 or $29,98 bundled. I’d say they are worth the money, my preference going to the Iconic Films 2.1 packages, which presets look very close to the original emulated films. Let’s take a look at all the bundles I’ve tested. I started from basic RAW images from the Sony A7r for all of them.
Iconic Films 2.1
A collection of 66 films presets representing the most recognised films from all major brands like Fuji, Agfa, Ilford and Kodak. RNI precisely analysed the real original films for this collection to give you a superior professional tool to simulate look and feel of your favourite films in Lightroom just in one click.
Colour Slide emulations:
Colour negative emulations:
Colour Instant emulations
Black and white emulations
Film Essentials / correction tools
This bundle also has a Film Essentials and correction tools section that provides quick control over contrast, grain, vignette and slide frame effect.
Faded Films 2.1
This bundle is inspired by photographic films and prints. Nostalgic, warm, faded, under- and over processed, with grain and beautiful colour deviations. This collection of presets is based on their long study of vast amount of real archive samples, the study of pieces of personal history and the study of human beings, their memories, their feelings, their love.
Instagram Presets For Lightroom
INSTA 1 bundle
This is a package of presets designed to emulate filters of the first versions of Instagram app. It is a collection of 16 creative Lightroom presets emulating look & feel of the earliest filters of Instagram version 1. All the presets are developed by digital imaging experts using GretagMacbeth colour matching techniques and optimised for using in sRGB colour space to give you the best possible result.
INSTA 3 preset bundle
This package is designed to emulate filters of the latest versions of Instagram app. There are 19 creative Lightroom presets emulating look & feel of Instagram 3.x filters. All the presets are developed by digital imaging experts using GretagMacbeth colour matching techniques and optimised for using in sRGB colour space to give you the best possible result.
As you can see by looking at these examples, RNI film presets can be very convincing in emulating 20th-century films. The best thing is that they work directly in Lightroom, so you don’t need to go to an external editor to get the look and feel of vintage film. All the presets are also fully editable and customizable, so you can tweak your pictures to have exactly the look you want.
As I mentioned before, I especially like the Icon Films 2.1 package, as this seems as close to vintage film as I’ve seen in any other preset collection like VSCO or Exposure. Although I think it is not possible to directly compare any of them, as they each have a unique flavour and different usage for me anyway. I’d go for RNI film presets if I need a fast and very accurate film emulation though.