Some photographers love getting into the zone to edit away and some photographers prefer to outsource it.
I land somewhere in the middle.
I like having control over the final image and I like practicing my editing skills. However, I don't like the idea of being glued to a computer for hours on a daily basis. So I try to make my editing flow as efficient as possible.
And now I'm here testing out sleeklens lightroom presets and portrait flows.
I've tested out a number of their adjustment brushes, let's walk through the process.
Here we have an image from a recent styled shoot that is raw and sooc. This model is gorgeous and does great work, I just need to make some style choices and touch up her skin. The image below is our "before".
For my first steps, I worked on the appearance of her skin by using these Lightroom adjustment brushes from sleeklens:
The image already looks better and I'm getting closer to my vision!
Next I wanted to enhance her eyes a touch (they are cast away from camera so not much work to be done) and also enhance the beautiful details from the makeup artist.
I used the following adjustment brushes:
For my final touches I increased highlights all around and slightly adjusted my white balance.
Below is the final image!
And one in black an white to see the effects of monotone as well.
sleeklens portrait workflow is something I'll continue to explore and play with. So far it has been a great tool to quicken my pace when editing!
Do you have any favorite tools or shortcuts?
[Please note that this was a promotional blog post in cooperation with sleeklens.]