About a week ago I received an opportunity to try out a Lightroom preset package from a Danish company called Sleeklens (https://sleeklens.com/product/professional-photo-editing-service/). I was a bit wary at first, (always on the lookout for scams) but after doing some research I came to the conclusion that they were legit, and after using their workflow I can say with confidence that they are, in fact, legit.
The workflow that I've been testing out is called the 'Forever Thine Wedding Workflow' (https://sleeklens.com/product/wedding-lightroom-presets/). It includes 112 Lightroom presets and 23 preset brushes. Typically for my wedding editing style I try to keep things more on the natural looking side of things, and so those are the presets that I gravitated to.
The photo on the left is a raw, unedited image. The image on the right is done with one simple click on the preset, no further adjustments made. I love how it makes the image pop and come to life, all with only one preset.
I used the same idea here for this engagement photo. The image on the left is raw, unedited. With the application of the preset I'm able to make the image pop, and I made no further adjustments. With my typical editing style I usually veer away from simply applying a preset and leaving it at that; I like to dive into each image a little bit more for some fine tweaking, but my intent here is to show just how easy it is to simplify a workflow using Sleeklens packages.
The variety included in this particular workflow package is spot on. It includes presets that can drastically change the look of a photograph, and also presets that just subtly alter the feel. In the above example I'm able to cool down the temp of the photo and mute the colors to create a bit more of a flattened image. Again, keeping with my editing style of not making hugely drastic changes in color, contrast, exposure etc.
When it comes to details I do sometimes like to get a little bit more far out with the editing presets. In this example I chose a Sleeklens preset that really took the color back a bit and gave it that antiquated, somewhat sepia toned look. I really like the tone of this particular image. By taking the color back a bit it really changes the overall emotion and feel of the photo.
One thing that I've not really used in my photo editing experience is preset brushes. Preset brushes are set to a specific setting to get a desired result, and Sleeklens has some pretty awesome ones. In the above photo, I was able to bring it back to life using a few quick tools. For the sky, I used the 'fix overexposed' preset brush, and for the foreground I used the 'fix underexposed' brush. This really helped to bring out all the detail that was lost in the unedited photo. You can check out all of Sleeklens' presets and brushes at https://www.pinterest.com/sleeklens/lightroom-presets/.
Overall I'd have to say that I'm psyched with what Sleeklens gave me to review. There is enough variety in presets to accommodate a wide array of editing styles and I can say with confidence that it will definitely help to save me time in my workflow. You can check out what they have to offer here (https://sleeklens.com/product-category/lightroom-presets/). Thanks again, Sleeklens!