I started on my photography journey with film back in college when I took a winter course. I spent a lot of time trying to capture artistic images of the architecture of the Drew University campus using Kodak Kodachrome film on my Pentax P3.

While I didn’t enjoy the smell of the dark room chemical I miss the look the film look of those images. For over a year I’ve used VSCOcam film simulation filters on my iPhone and more recently VSCO Lightroom high-end film simulation presets to create that nostalgic look of film in my iPhone images. I bought almost every VSCOcam preset available but have only used a few.

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Import an image

But recently I’ve discovered another app, the Really Nice Images (RNI) Films high-end film simulation filters app for iOS. The app does a great job of making my iPhone images have the look of Kodak and Fuji films from the 70s and the 80s. But the app has a downside.

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Import, crop and align image

Just like VSCOcam, RNI Films is free to download from the App Store. The app comes with a free set of presets for negative, slide, black and white, and instant films. Additional presets can be purchased for $2.99. My favorite presets are Fuji Velvia 100F and Kodak E 100G slide film presets. They produce saturated images for landscapes.

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Apply Film Preset

RNI Films also has a fairly decent set of image editing tools. I like using the fade tool to add a matte print effect to my images.

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Edit the Image

Sharing to social media is limited to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. RNI Films doesn’t have a way to export to the iOS share sheet.

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Export to social media

One downside of the app is the lack of a camera or in-app library and the ability to be called from the edit-in menu from the iOS Photos app. This makes for an awkward workflow. Currently I to use the native iOS camera app to snap a photo, then launch RNI Film and find and load the image from Photos, apply a filter, make edits and then export back to the camera roll. It’s unproductive.

My workflow involves snapping a few images then later, scrolling through the iOS camera roll, and tagging my favorites or moving the images I want to work on into a folder. I would normally import these images into VSCO Cam’s library for editing. From there I can edit/tweak and image and then copy/paste the changes I made to each image in the library. Efficient.

Another thing that bothered me is the inability to organize the presets. There are a few preset that I will use often. I would like to be put my most often used film types at the beginning of the list. Currently, I find my self scrolling through almost to the end of access the Fuji Velvia and Kodak E100 film types. That’s frustrating.

I just want non-destructive editing of TIFF and JPG images that are accessible from the favorite folder. This has been available in iOS since version 8 and the lack of this feature means keeping my original image and a copy of the edited image.

The app is at version 1.0 so I hope that the RNI Films will address these deficiencies in the next release. Until them I’m having a blast pretending that I’m shooting Kodak film on my Pentax P3.

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Original Image

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Fuji Provia 100F

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Fuji Velvia 100F

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Kodak E100 G

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  • Aperture—ƒ/2.2
  • Camera—iPhone 6
  • Taken—27 October, 2015
  • Copyright—Khürt L. Williams
  • Flash fired—no
  • Focal length—4.15mm
  • ISO—40
  • Location—40° 23.587′ 0″ N 74° 38.2632′ 0″ W
  • Shutter speed—1/30s
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