Review: Sleeklens – Wedding Lightroom preset
As far as I remember I never wrote anything about camera gear and post processing here, so it’s time to change this. For the first time, let’s talk about processing a bit.
Post processing has an important part in my workflow. Toning the images subtly to my taste and achiving the look I want is important. Colour me a “control freak”, but I like to keep the post processing in my hands and solely use my own presets and tools on my photos. That way I can get exactly what I want: natural, timeless look, beautiful colors and consistency.
A couple of months ago Sleeklens asked me to test their preset pack called Forever Thine Wedding Workflow. The package contains 112 Presets and 23 Brushes. I was curious to see what they can offer, so I spent some time testing their products. Here are my thoughts.
– The pack is nicely organized, with PDF instructions and video help for the installation.
– It has tons of presets and several tools to help fine tuning the look. To mention a few, exposure, color correction, tone and tint.
Places for improvement:
– The presets affects the exposure, and set it back to zero every time I apply a new one. For me it is not convinient as most of the time I adjust my exposures a bit in post.
– Several presets touches the clarity slider. Although it make the images dreamy, they are too soft for my taste.
I have applied the presets to some recent shots. The left side is processed with my own preset, the right side with different Sleeklens presets:
The bottom line:
I’d suggest this preset pack to those who like stronger postprocessing. The added brush sets offer a big variety for local adjustments, and I think the package has the potential to create signature looks.
However, I would encourage everyone first to go, play, experiment and spend time in Lightroom. I believe that is the best way to figure out your own look, and to create the best preset what fits perfectly to your style.