Alright you guys, I need to share my absolute favorite iPhone app with you. It’s the Holiday season, so I’m willing to bet your camera roll is filling up with selfies, shots of your food, candids of you baking, and impromptu photoshoots with the fam. Some of us are okay posting without a filter, but sometimes it’s just fun to spend time with a photo getting it to look just right. I’ll be honest, when I’m flying and don’t want to pay for wifi, I spend a lot of the trip on this app just for entertainment. Maybe after this walkthrough you can see why!
The app that I use to edit my phone images is called RNI Films. On the photo below it’s the middle left app. This app is made to emulate or imitate film. Thinks VSCO but better. There are dozens of different free presets that actually resemble film! If you’re nerdy like me, you can purchase more on the app. To follow my tutorial, you can either follow the images or watch the video at the end of this blog!
First, go ahead and install and open the RNI Films app!
You can scroll through all the presets out of curiosity, but my go-to are the Kodak Gold variations. In this tutorial we are using V.2, but I most frequently use V.3. You can find this preset in the “Negative” folder by clicking the arrows on each side of the app. For this image, I wanted to increase the brightness slightly, so I used the “brightness” slider.
Next, I lowered the contrast as I do with most of my images to give it a softer look. Because it’s supposed to look like film, I added a little grain by lowering the “scale” or size, and increased the strength to the middle of the slider. Next, I used my favorite feature of the app, the Pre/Post Warmth and Pre/Post Tint sliders. You might not think the pre/post options makes a difference, but I promise it’s worth it to use both. You can see below I warmed the photo up using Pre Warmth. I can see this a lot in the highlights like on the tile.
To balance out the warmth, I adjusted the Post Warmth to cool it down so it wasn’t all one tone. Next is the tint! As a refresher, on the slider left is green and right is magenta. So for Pre Tint, I added some Magenta to the photo, and because it was too purple, I balance the it out with Post Tint by adding some green. Again, it doesn’t SOUND like it would make a big difference but you can totally see it below!
I love the orange and yellow in this photo and wanted to make them pop a little more so I added a teensy bit of saturation. Lastly, for aesthetic purposes only, I decreased the sharpness to make the image a little softer. I’m sort of a sucker for soft-focused film images. I don’t usually like to deliver them to clients, but for my own preferences, I do like to make my phone images less sharp.
And that’s it! You can see the final photo below. I posed this one just a few days ago on Instagram. Compared to the rest of my feed, it totally fits with the rest of my film photography. Until recently, I hated posting phone photos alongside my professional work. That definitely changed after finding this specific app. I hope you find it just as fun and useful as I did!