PHOTOGRAPHY APP // Frameable by Nick Bedford

Made with the app.

Made with the app.

Nick Bedford has been hard at work on a new social photography framing and presentation app for Android called Frameable. It’s only $1.19 on the Play Store, so grab it if you need something like this for your Instagram and posts. Really cool idea.

Frameable is an Android app designed especially for photographers who need to quickly and easily frame their photographs within a background, export and publish all on the same device.

With options such as an an image border, rounded corners, frame aspect ratios and image cropping ratios, and choices of colours, Frameable makes it easy to present your work online professionally with no other editing required.

Use Frameable to create square presentations for Instagram, or customise a framed presentation in a tall or wide aspect ratio with a background colour of your choice and publish as a story or even to frame a photograph for printing.




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.

VERSUS // Ilford HP5+ Preset Showdown

Mastin Labs vs. Alien Exposure 7 vs. VSCO vs. DXO Film Pack 5

Another battle, this time between the different film simulation software that provide the Ilford HP5+ preset.

You can see DXO Film Pack 5 has quite a different look than the others, with a very flat look. The others, Alien Skin Exposure 7, Mastin Labs & VSCO Film 01 are nice and punchy.

Each to their own, but it's really a matter of preference with "simulating" film on digital files. Without having the same photo on a real film negative, it's hard to know who really is the most accurate.

APP REVIEW // Replichrome Presets for your Mobile

I am a fan of Totally Rads  Replichrome 'Lightroom & Photoshop' Presets (I am actually  half way into doing a Review of that very product for WECC) So when I saw they had released their in-App presets for 'PicTapGo' I thought I would throw up a few examples to give readers a slight idea of their usefulness. I have to add, that it is NOT a review of 'PicTapGo'. Here is a nice video for you to look at if that's what your after. one more thing, all the images are taken on the iPhone 5.


Replichrome Presets have included some nice film stocks to chose from. For the first image below I used Snapseed by Google (iPhone) and applied the 'auto' preset and saved to the Camera Roll. Then using PicTapGo I imported the image and applied the 'Agpro 200' preset and was verey pleased with the results. Obviously you don't have the subtle control options of say VSCOCam, however The PicTapGo App allows presets to be stacked on top of one another with each layer (preset) having a sepreate strength adjustment control. Which is a really useful way of working on your images. 

Clean image Auto corrected in Snapseed

Agpro 200 preset added

The top image is a strait file auto corrected in Snapseed, the 2nd image has had the Replichrome 'Agpro 200' preset applied at maximum strength. Very pleasing indeed, subtle but very controlled. 

I have taken a few more sample images on the iPhone 5 and applied 3 diffrent presets to each image . Above we have the 'flowers in my front yard'. The original image followed by the 3 Replichrome Presets within 'PicTapGo'. From left to right Original*/ 400H / RAP100F / P 160NC

'My Lawn' left to right Original / 800Z / EKT25 / RVP 50

'Front Window' left to right Original / TMZ 3200  / SCL 200X / 400TX

I think Replichrome have done a fabulous job of transferring the look and feel of their Lighroom presets across to our smartphones. I personally must admit I had never used or herd of the 'PicTapGo' app on my iPhone so do hope this does not hinder the use by people unaware of the app in the first place. Many of us have several such Apps already installed so how 'PicTapGo' stacks up against the rest is another review for another time. I for one am very pleased by what Replichrome have added to this apps appeal, and it will not be leaving my phone anytime soon. Film emulation is something many of us are always looking to bring to our rather clean sterile Smart Phone images and Totally Rads Replichrome TapPicGo preset pack is a fabulouse easy option I would definatlry recomend.