I’m a recent convert to Adobe Lightroom. When digital photography became a serious possibility in the professional photography world, I quickly realised that I was going to need Photoshop skills, but having learned the basics of Photoshop, I was disinclined to have to learn even more new skills. The phrase, ‘Old dogs, new tricks’ comes quickly to mind. So despite all the seminars and articles extolling the virtues of Lightroom’s Cataloging and Developing capabilities, I flatly refused to have anything to do with it. Ok. I’m a Luddite!
But now I’m a convert! What eventually sold me on Lightroom was its ability to use PRESETS to quicken up my digital workflow. (Yes, you can use Photoshop actions too, but Lightroom is soooooo much faster)
I started by using the Adobi basic presets, then added some of my own, then learned that presets were available to buy, then finally, I discovered Sleeklens.
Sleeklens ‘Strike A Pose’ Workflow Solution is specially designed for portrait photographers, and is an amazing addition to the Lightroom preset and brushes library. I tested it after a studio portrait session just today, and its ease of use, and intuitive methodology sold it to me right away. The Sleeklens workflow is available for both Mac and PC, and for both Photoshop and Lightroom. I used it in Lightroom on my MacBook Air. It boasts,
- 69 Portrait Presets and 62 Portrait Brushes
- Works both on JPEG and RAW images
- Comes with a recipe list and sample images from which to get inspiration.
- An easy-to-follow guide on how to install Lightroom Presets & Brushes
- Guide on how to layer/Stack the Presets.
- Easy to adjust to fit your own style
- Exclusive access to a private Lightroom Help and Tutorial Facebook Group
It’s easy to follow the numbered steps, from 0 (0 for a special one click development effect) then 1 – 5, taking you through easy stages,
- Basic editing, (high key, monochrome, soft fade etc.)
- Exposure Correction
- Colour Correction.
- Tones and Tints.
- Polish – adjust contrast, sharpen etc.
And the presets are STACKABLE, so you can, for example, adjust your contrast, then apply sharpening to the same image. Make a mistake? Command-Z will step back. (PC Control-Z) Or, if you want to adjust just a section of the image, use the brushes for the effect in a smaller area.
Sleeklens is so good that even this old dog could learn a few new tricks!
And if you’re not a portrait photographer? No problem, Sleeklens has workflow solutions to benefit other photography specialities too.
check out Sleeklens here: