Review of Sleeklens ‘Through the Woods’ Lightroom Presets.

So I had an opportunity to review Sleeklens Landscape version of presets and brushes for lightroom. It’s the first time I have ever use presets and brushes with my work, I’m not that knowledgeable with editing, I stick to what I know because it’s easy. And I think that’s why I loved using Sleeklens’s presets and brushes for Landscape because it was just so easy! I knew that presets and brushes existed but I never thought I would be someone to use them, they look so complicated and I can’t be doing with the trouble to figure how to use them. 
However, they are unbelievably easy to use, Sleeklens give a step by step guide on how to download your pack, and how to install them into lightroom (They also offer sets for Photoshop, but I choose Lightroom). Once I had installed the sets I watched a step by step guide on how to use the presets, it was so easy! Here’s how I got on.


Before edit, Italian Landscape

After edit, Italian Landscape

I decided to choose the most landscapey pictures I had so I could make full use of what the presets was offering. As you know when shooting in RAW you can take what seems to be a dreadful photo but then later on in editing can bring out the most amazing detail you never knew existed! As you can see from this first image the sky looks to have little to no detail but thanks to the power of editing it appears how it was in real life. What I loved about editing this picture with Sleeklens is that I managed to bring all this detail out accurately without 1- it looking unreal and 2- Using just the presets, I didn’t have to use any brushes to bring out extra detail, although I could have, but what is great is that I didn’t necessarily need to. The settings I used to achieve this edit were-
1 Base - Cinematic
1 Base - Punchy
(I skipped 2 which is ‘exposure’ as I felt it didnt need it at the time’
3 Colour - Deep Blue Skies
3 Colour - Colour Correct reduce yellows
4 Tone/tint - Colour pop

As you can see the presets are made to be used in an order but it’s not mandatory as it all depends on the type of image you have and what look you want to achieve.  I missed out step 2 which was exposure as I felt the settings that were available didnt match what I wanted from my image, which is fine. There are also presets 5 and 6 which are ‘Polish’ and ‘Vingnette’ again I didnt feel like these enhance my image anymore so I left them out.


Heres another from Itay that I used the ‘Through the woods’ presets to edit with. Although the unedited image is fairly exposed throughout its lacking detail. I like to keep my images as natural as possible without looking too HDR or edited, although sometimes it’s hard to know when to stop! The settings I used to edit this image were:
1 Base - High Dynamic Range 
2 Exposure - Darken 
4 Tone/Tint - Warm it up
5 Polish - Add Clarity 

The presets do exactly what they say they’re going to do, such as add clarity, darken or lighten. With this image, I missed out 3, which was colour, by the time I got to the exposure section I felt it didn’t need it, but did however need it warming up which is where I added it in section 4. What I feel you need to be careful of when editing landscape images is how much clarity can be added to a photograph, while zoomed out the image looks good, however when zooming in onto people’s faces and land, it appears very grainy and colour spotty, this could be to do with my camera settings, or the fact there is just too much detail brought out needed for an image like this. But depending what you do with your images this might not be a problem. For the last touch in this image I used the ‘water definition’ brush, I liked the sound of it and decided to put it to use, as you can perhaps see the water in the foreground appears to have that deep dark feel to it, although when I first used the brush it was far too strong so I simply brought that detail down about by adjusting the sliders. 
Whats great about lightroom is that everything you can do can easily be done, and that applies when using these presets, if you apply a preset or brush and you like the look of but you feel needs adjusting, you can, it’s totally flexible. 
Depending on what sort of photographer you are, I would definitely recommend this workflow, now that I’ve used it, I really don’t know how I’ve ever lived without it! You can find all their workflows for Lightroom and Photoshop here: (https://sleeklens.com/product/landscape-lightroom-presets/ https://sleeklens.com/product/professional-photo-editing-service/  https://sleeklens.com/product-category/lightroom-presets) 

Thank you Sleeklens!

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