Because the App Store desperately needed just one more photo editing app, developer Really Nice Images released RNI Films this week, a photography app with filters and clean UI that could easily be swept under a heavy rug of thousands of apps just like it. Except— RNI Films' filters are actually pretty nice, in large part because they've been profiled off actual analog film stocks, so they feel more authentic, less heavy-handed, than those included in many of its competitors' apps.
As a photo editor, RNI Films is fairly simple, though effective. Your basic tools are all there, but the app is clearly version 1.0, with plenty of room for improvement. Crop options are limited, there's no "pinch to zoom" while editing, no ability to add grain to images, and no way to save edits to batch edit multiple photos. RNI Films biggest drawback though is the cost of adding filters. The app is free to download and is generously stocked with some 40+ filters broken into one of five categories, but adding more will set you back $2.99— per category. For the math impaired, that's $15.00 with no current discount for buying them all, nor any way to effectively preview all of them before purchase.
That said, RNI Films is a solid first effort that with a little love, polish, and perhaps additional generosity from Really Nice Images, could develop (yes, I went there) into a must-have VSCO-level photography app. It's not there yet, but I'm enjoying its results all the same.