How I process my photos
Sleeklens asked me, “Do you want some free Lightroom presets?”
Naturally, I replied unequivocally “yes”.
Sleeklens’ proposal was to offer their portrait workflow for free in exchange for a small review on this website.
So here it is …
As most of my followers know, I’m the Queen of Jpeg. Preferring the lighter, smoother workflow that this much-maligned digital format offers. Relishing time with my family, I turn around my portraiture within the day and aspire to create photographs that are natural and fresh.
Sleeklens offers a workflow that speeds photographer’s processing time and delivers a ‘recipe book’ alongside their presets. I’ll be honest – after scrolling through the presets I deleted them immediately. Peeking at the recipe book, I gave them a fair try … you can see the results below.
Processed from a Fuji RAW, Sleeklens presets following the recipe book. Original edit was my typical workflow with Lightroom>Photoshop>Alienskin.
Motivated by their portrait brushes for Lightroom, this was the area I dived into first. My impression was very favourable. Brushes are useful for making localised adjustments and giving the image a boost without going into Photoshop.
Curious about their effects, I discovered new tweaks that I’m planning to incorporate into my current workflow. The below image was created with a Fuji RAW, my own Lightroom Preset and the Sleeklens brushes. Perfect for me – quick, effective and natural-looking.
Note – this is a photo taken from the reject pile, so there isn’t an original edit to compare it with.
In a nut shell …
Buy these products if you:
- want to learn how to use Lightroom
- need a recipe book to show you how to process images
- want bespoke Lightroom brushes created for portraiture
- learn using video tutorials and ebooks
Look else where if you:
- want a one-click success
- need presets that suit a range of images
- have your own style down pat
- don’t like to tweak presets
Happy to play with new presets, the recipe book taught me new skills and answered a couple of questions that had been niggling me. Whilst I intend to delete the presets and rely on my own custom built presets created to suit my style of shooting, the brushes will definitely be used. My last tip – resave the brushes with new, numerical names so the fall to the top of the brush list.
Any questions, fire away! Mandy