Tutorial: Edit your picture on iPhone using RNI Films app

Tutorial: Edit your picture on iPhone using RNI Films app

As a photographer that also likes being a graphic designer, editing photos on my iPhone using apps like VSCO Cam or RNI Films was never too hard because of my experience in Lightroom and Photoshop. However I understand that for beginners who just fall in love with mobile photography, the advance features on these apps can be confusing and intimidating.

Since I have been using  RNI Films a lot lately, I thought I would show you how I edited my image and maybe explain some of the features on the app. 

This was a picture I took in East Austin before I was meeting my friend for coffee. I like the fact that the house wasn't in the best condition, as you can see everything was tilted and you can find rich textures on the wall and the door.

Everything is Tilted

Everything is Tilted

Before I start, I'd like to tell you that I always take my pictures with the native camera app with the HDR feature set to "On." The HDR feature on the iPhone is never too extreme. By doing so, you can retain more details in the highlight and the shadow area, which is really beneficial for post processing.

I shot my image in a square format, and I am going to post it on Instagram, so I don't need to use the cropping tool here. Nonetheless, if you like, you can select the crop tool, and choose the ratio you like. It has the "Rule of Thirds" guidelines overlay on your image once you select the ratio. As you can see, this is actually also an image that demonstrates the use of "Rule of Thirds." On the same screen, you can also rotate your image. I am not going to do it here because the house was a little tilted and I like that it appears that way.

RNI Films Cropping Tool

RNI Films Cropping Tool

Rule of Thirds guidelines

Rule of Thirds guidelines

Once you loaded your photo, you will have the option to choose a film preset or move on to do the basic for your photo. You see the "Negative" category here, by swiping left or right, you get to use other categories of film presets if you have purchased them all.

RNI Films Presets

RNI Films Presets

RNI Films Presets

RNI Films Presets

There are many options and if you enjoy the editing process you can cycle through them to pick one that fits you best. I don't always do crazy editing, so I am just going to pick the "Agfa Optima 200 V.2" here. I like that this preset doesn't look like overkill, but it has enough contrast and is punchy enough. By pressing and holding your finger on your picture, it reveals the original image, so you can compare the before and after. 

After applying the film preset, I move on to the editing tool. Most of the time I don't have to do too much editing because the preset usually improves the look of my image tremendously, and I only fine-tune my image slightly.

For this image, I thought the highlight is a little too bright, thus I am choosing the "Highlights" tool to bring down the highlight, therefore you can see the wall is less striking, and the dried grass has more colors on it. 

RNI Films Editing Tool

RNI Films Editing Tool

RNI Films Highlight Recovery

RNI Films Highlight Recovery

As I mentioned how much I like the texture in this image, I am moving on to the "Clarity" tool to enhance the texture in this image. It adds micro-contrast to your image, which often makes your image even more punchier! 

Before I finish off my editing, I am going to add a little vignette to my image. Adding the vignette will darken the corner and the edges. It helps your viewer to focus more on your subject. 

RNI Films Clarity Tool

RNI Films Clarity Tool

RNI Films Vignette Tool

RNI Films Vignette Tool

In my opinion the wood on the door and the grass are slightly saturated. Therefore I am using the "Saturation" tool to decrease the saturation. It depends on the style you are going for, an over saturated image can often feel unapproachable unless you use it right. 

RNI Films Saturation Tool

RNI Films Saturation Tool

RNI Films Sharpen Tool

RNI Films Sharpen Tool

Finally, I sharpened my image before posting it on Instagram. 

Before Editing

Before Editing

Edited with RNI Films app

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