Disclosure: I received a promotional copy of this software for review. I have not been monetarily compensated for my opinion.
Try RNI All Film 5 for yourself! Here’s a link to the demo version over at their website.
Who isn’t on the lookout for a better and easier way to edit your photos with a unique look? I’m not alone, there’s no shortage to the amount of apps, presets, and plugins that exist nowadays to spice up your images. Over the years, I’ve purchased many a preset, plugin, app, and LUT – some good, some downright awful. Here’s just some of the programs I have tried: DxO with their Film Pack, Alien Skin Exposure (multiple versions), VSCO presets, Martin presets, VSCO app for iOS, On1, Capture One with their own various presets, Lutify.Me, Skylum Luminar (also other Skylum products), Color Efex Pro, Topaz Labs, and others. For more than a year now, I’ve been using Lightroom with Lutify.Me since it’s easy to apply a look and dial it back with ease in the profile menu. However, that’s all changed as of today. Now RNI All Films 5 Pro has replaced all other presets and plugins in my Lightroom workflow.
I’ve been using RNI for a few days now, and hands down, it’s the best film emulation preset system I’ve used for a few different reasons:
- So many great and versatile looks to choose from.
- You can easily adjust the strength of the look within Lightroom.
- You can use it with Lightroom CC. This is a huge plus for me. My preferred way of editing photos is on my 2018 12.9′ iPad Pro. Say what you will, but the experience is fast, colors are beautiful, and the results you can get with Lightroom keep improving. Also, the $10 / month is actually less than Capture One. Furthermore, I use Lightroom CC with it’s synced library on my iPad, MacBook Pro, iPhone, and desktop Windows 10 PC.
- Easy to use / not complicated.
- Ability to further tweak the image in Lightroom without having to round trip to and from another application.
There are a couple of cons though:
- Cost – it is expensive compared to some of the other presets out there. However, if you look at the output, and factor in the time it saves you in editing, it’s actually less expensive than a lens or storage media. It’s an investment – like everything else in photography. At the end of the day, it is $200, but if you compare it to everything else photographically, you could say that it’s only $200.
- Not all of the presets are to my liking, but many of them are.
Here are the finalized images featured in the video. All were shot on a Panasonic S1R with a Leica 75mm f/2 Summicron SL lens – edited solely using Lightroom using RNI All Films 5 Pro.
In conclusion, If you’re a Lightroom user wanting to emulate film, and do all of your edits from within the app – look no further. Personally, I’m quite pleased with this product.