Sleeklens –Through the Woods (SL-TTW) Workflow presets and brushes for Lightroom makes image editing on landscape photos a breeze. I recently started using the SL-TTW Lightroom Presets and Brushes and already am realizing how much time they save.
When Sleeklens first approached me to do a review of their Though the Woods Workflow, I was a little skeptical. I have post-production image developing in Lightroom down to a science, so I wasn’t sure how their presets would improve my workflow. My normal workflow has been to import everything into Lightroom directly from my camera, with import preset to automatically convert all RAW files to DNG and apply metadata.. Also, I always apply custom file name and keywords to each batch from a given shoot. However, I avoid any additional LR Develop presets on import because images often vary too much.
That’s where the post-production work really begins. Prior to using the SL-TTW workflow presets and brushes, I used to go through an initial series of quick select adjustments (exposure, shadows, highlights, contrast, clarity) in the Lightroom Library mode,or just go directly to Develop mode and go through those initial exposure adjustments – plus several more (cropping,, sharpening, noise reduction, and individual color saturation and luminosity adjustments. I have this process pretty well perfected – but it takes TIME.
Now, with SL-TTW, I typically start in Lightroom Library mode with a customized SL-TTW preset, then move to Develop mode and use additional presets and brushes as needed. One very useful SL-TTW feature is the ability to tweak and customize any of the presets with your own settings – and save them as your own customized version of that preset. The out-of-the-box, built-in SL-TTW settings serve as a great starting point – and are very instructive as to what slider adjustments were used to achieve a particular effect. I’m finding that not only am I reducing my work time by half or more, but also getting better and more precise adjustments.
One of the most useful SL-TTW presets for Lightroom that I have begun using is the HDR preset. The image comparison below is between the original unprocessed photo (shot on an iPhone 6s) and the photo after only ONE CLICK of the SL-TTW HDR preset. The results achieved would have normally taken approximately 8 LR Develop slider adjustments without the preset. The before-after comparison clearly illustrates how the SL-TTW preset significantly expedites the Lightroom workflow.
BEFORE: (Original image – cropped only)
AFTER: (One click using Sleeklens Thru the Woods – HDR preset for Lightroom
Here’s another example. In only 6 clicks (1 to crop and 2 to enhance color balance in the eyes), I was able to transform a mediocre photo of a kitty in a tree into a high impact portrait of a beautiful kitten. This could have been accomplished with the normal Lightroom adjustments – with about 10 more clicks. Again, the Sleeklens presets saved a lot of time.
BEFORE (Original photo – shot on iPhone 4s)
AFTER (6 Clicks using Sleeklens Through the Woods presets in Lightroom 6
In conclusion, the Sleeklens – Through the Woods Workflow presets and brushes for Lightroom are a very useful set of tools to enhance the quality of your final images and save you a substantial amount of time in the process.
In addition to Through the Woods, Sleeklens also has several other excellent workflows (which are also available for Photoshop) for several different photographic genres, including:
Or available as individual Workflows
Out of the Shadows HDR Workflow
Strike a Pose Portrait Workflow
Chasing Light Workflow
Aura Laborar Workflow for night photography
Forever Thine Wedding Workflow
Brick and Mortar Workflow for architecture/urban/real estate photography
Runway Fashion Workflow
Ala Carte Food Workflow
I will update this review further as I continue to explore these LR presets further, but I can already enthusiastically recommend the Sleeklens – Through the Woods Lightroom Workflow for any landscape photographer who does a lot of image adjustment to save time and maximize the visual quality of their images..
I will be excited to explore many of the other Sleeklens Workflows.
Happy image processing.