A SleekLens Portrait Workflow review
I’m going to do something a little different today and do a SleekLens Portrait Workflow review
Now, I have had a custom preset that I based off of a film preset that I have been using for the past year or so but was happy to try something different to see how it could help my editing.
I do most of my editing in Lightroom.
I honestly hate having to even open Photoshop and prefer to only use it when I need to make large edits (head swaps) or if I need to remove and object from the image. I would love to be able to do the large majority of my editing in LR however I haven’t been able to find brushes that I really felt like enhanced the image like anything in PS. Therefore for a lot of my images I simply had to process in PS to touch up the skin, highlight the eyes, etc. I was psyched to give this workflow a try and hoped that it would speed up my editing time and help me not have to export images into PS and you guys, it did!!!
This workflow comes with stackable presets (what?!? I didn’t even know that was a thing), one-touch presets (this is the type that I am used to working with), and a large set of brushes that do everything from softening skin, enhancing eyes, defining hair, to warming …. There are a lot of brushes!
I am going to be 100% honest with you that the one click presets did not work on most of my images. They just didn’t work with my shooting style. I did have one image that it 100% worked on and it is more of any artistic style and not at all my standard editing. I do love how it turned out on this one though!!!
I found that the stack-able presets were way more my style!!
I felt like I had way more freedom with the stack-able presets with being able to decide each element from the base, darkening the shadows, sharpening, vignette,…. the stack-able presets gave me that freedom to get the look I wanted without having to tweak each element of a standard preset! It really did speed up my workflow even while giving me more flexibility to get the look that I wanted. Once I went through the base elements, the brushes were fabulous. If for nothing else, this workflow is worth it for the brushes.
But enough of my blabbing, let’s try it out on some images!!!
This is my original edit of Miss Hazel. She is adorable, right!
Here is my SOOC (straight out of camera) image
Here is the image with the SleekLens Base – for this image I used the following recipe
1. Base Auto Tone (color)
2. Exposure – Darken Shadows
3. Color correct – fix greens
5. polish – sharpen
6. vignette – black dreamy
And now for the brushes. On this sweet baby girl I used a brush to brighten her eyes, fix under eye circles, and the subtle skin smoother
so here is the final image.
I gotta say, I sort of love it!!! To be fair, I really go back and forth between loving that muted film look and loving the deep rich look that this edit gave this image!!!
You have to tell me, which do you prefer?!?
Here is a side by side of all of the images together going from original edit, SOOC, base edit, finished with brushes
Ok, let’s try another one shall we!?
Miss Czara was simply beautiful for her Senior Portraits!!!
Here is my original edit of this image.
Here is the SOOC
Base Corrections that I used on this one were:
1. Base edit 2
2. darken shadows
3. reduce greens
4. vignette – black dreamy
The brushes were fabulous with this image!!! They really made this image pop and I love how it turned out!! The brushes used were:
skin: subtle smooth, whiten yellow teeth, enhance blue eyes, and define dark hair.
How stunning did this image turn out with those simple enhancements!?!?
Honestly, I think this new edit wins this one hands down but here is the side by side!
Ok, one more!!!
Ashley’s Maternity Session was simply stunning!!! This location was gorgeous with the flowers in bloom!!!
Here is my original edit
For this edit I used the following stack-able presets:
1. Base – glow baby glow
2. Exposure – darken shadows
3. reduce blue color
4. color pop
6. vignette – black dreamy (can you tell that I am digging this one!)
For brushes I simply did the subtle skin smoother
And here is the side by side!
All in all, I was really happy with this workflow and believe that it will help speed up my editing and give me more artist freedom!
I love love love the brushes and the fact that you can stack the base presets makes this workflow 100% worth it!!
I would love to hear from you! Which edits do you prefer?!
Interested to see more?
Check out Sleeklens Pinterest board HERE to see more of what their presets can do!
Want to check them out for yourself?!? You can find all of the lightroom presets that Sleeklens has to offer HERE!