For a long while, I've been an avid user of film emulation presets. So far I've only ever used VSCO's range of film packs, and as amazing as they are, it's always good to see what else is out there, so I jumped at the chance to try out Really Nice Images' Films 4 PRO pack. It's been recently updated from version 3 and provides a whopping 64 base film emulations along with a vast array of variations to taylor the look of your images.
They add a tonality and texture to photographs that would be difficult to achieve manually, as there is more than just slider pushing going on. I wouldn't be at home without my Kodak Portra emulation from VSCO, for example. Just like RNI Films' version, it adds a soft portrait friendly tone and grain structure to images that is night and day compared to a standard SOOC JPEG (or Straight Out Of Lightroom in my case).
Film Pack & SOOC Comparisons
While I've only provided the comparisons for two popular film emulations, Kodak Portra 400 and Tri-X 400, I thought it would be good to see these two popular films compared to VSCO and also the difference against a standard JPEG with no settings changed.
Below this set of slideshows, you'll find a single image processed with a variety of different RNI Films 4 PRO emulations in particular to show just how varied the gamut of options is.
Running through the gamut...
I don't want to post all 64 different film emulation presets as that would take down the internet, but suffice it to say that there's plenty where this came from.
I chose this particular image because it was bright and included a range of textures and all three primary colours, blue, green and red as well as grayscale tones and high contrast lighting. This will give you an idea of what is available to choose from.
While I would never use it in a regular fashion, RNI's attempt at Technicolor is fantastic and I love it!
Fujifilm X100T + RNI Kodak Portra 160 Samples
Photographer and fellow member of the club, Morgan Roberts, also supplied these two images for before and after comparison using the Kodak Portra 160 preset in RNI Films 4 PRO.
Leica Q + RNI
Images by Simon Johnsion before and after comparison using the Fuji Natura 1600 HC preset in RNI Films 4 PRO.
Ricoh GR (1) + RNI
Before and after comparison using various presets from RNI Films 4 PRO. Images by Simon Johnson
While I tend to err on the side of subtlety, typically going with a professional modern film emulation like Kodak Portra, I love the way RNI Films (and VSCO in their own way) make my images look more full of life and memory. The price can be a limiting factor, but RNI also has a Lite version of their Films pack for those just looking for a subset of films to choose from.
You can find more about Really Nice Images and their Films packs at their website.