I've Gotten Busy Lately!!
It's a good thing. After all this time I've finally got more work than I can handle. I feel stretched and a little stressed but very, very happy.
So now that my time is more valuable I had to start thinking about how I could streamline my workflow. The solution was to start looking for some workflow packages. Sleeklens offers a variety of different packages for both Lightroom and Photoshop.
As most of you know, I work almost exclusively in Lightroom. I'm not a huge Photoshop fan. I use the program when necessary but I like the ease of use in Lightroom.
I don't like to alter my images very much. Instead, I like to focus on being as precise as I can with the original photo. I don't enjoy sitting at a computer editing my work for hours and hours. I want to be out shooting and doing what I love.
I have found the Sleeklens Workflows to be very convenient and they save me a lot of time. The presets are simple to use. I like how I can stack different presets to create unique looks. One of the reasons I've always avoided using presets is because I felt they might stifle my creativity. I was wrong. I have found that using the presets allowed me to experiment more. I would click on a certain preset and it would inspire me to edit my photograph in a way I hadn't previously considered. This was an added bonus I didn't expect.
Presets for Landscape Photography!
I used the "Through the Woods" collection for the series of images posted in this blog. This workflow is designed specifically for editing landscape images. I didn't have to worry about sifting through presets that were designed for portraits or product shots. Instead, these presets helped enhance my photos in the exact same way I would have done if I were manually adjusting every single setting. The presets allowed me to save a great deal of time.
I was able to deliver a set of 8 finished landscape shots to a local art dealer. He was thrilled with the results and the speed at which I filled his order. I wouldn't have been able to complete the order so quickly if I had not used the presets to speed up my workflow.
The benefit to these presets is the ability to stack different looks together. It allows me to create unique images from a set number of presets. Other companies offer presets but they tend to very set in stone. You choose the preset and the look is complete. You can't adjust lighting or vignette. Whereas Sleeklens offers a variety of options that work independently from other presets. The stacking feature is very useful. I think this is probably my favourite part of the workflow package.
Sleeklens also offers instructional videos that helped me to understand how to use their presets. It's pretty easy to use once you understand how the presets have been designed.
I like to create warm and inviting landscape images. I love golden hour and the type of light it creates. Sleeklens "Through the Woods" collection had many different brushes and presets that allowed me to edit my photos to create this warm feel. There are brushes that allow you to paint in a golden hazy light. The Before shot on the left was shot during golden hour but because of the foliage, the light became cooler and greener. I warmed the shot up using the preset "Heavenly Warmth". I then used a variety of brushes to bring out highlights and deepen shadows. A subtle vignette was added to keep the viewer's eye focused on the scene and to add some depth to the shot. This photo became an inviting image that will welcome viewers to the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada.
Experiment with New Tools!
The experiment was well worth it. I've learned something about streamlining my workflow and that just because someone else did the hard work of creating the preset doesn't mean that I am any less of an artist.
In the past, I've stayed up all night editing photographs and struggling to make deadlines.I don't think I'll be as stressed in the future now that I know I still have control over the final look and feel of my work.
Here are the links to their services in case you are interested