I was recently contacted by sleeklens.com who sent me their “Strike a Pose Portrait Workflow” presets for Adobe Lightroom. They requested this review so here it goes.
Sleeklens was founded in 2015 with the goal to “provide you with a product that works ‘with’ you, not ‘for’ you” (sleeklens.com). Sleeklens is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their CEO and CoFounder Daniel Chabert wanted to provide quality products that weren’t like many of the all-in-one quick fix presets currently on the market… and I think they did a great job with their “Strike a Pose Portrait Workflow,” let me explain…
This workflow has 69 presets and 69 portrait brushes, all are compatible with Lightroom 4-6 and Adobe Creative Cloud. The bundle works with both JPEG and RAW images and on both Mac and PCs. They also have a bunch of videos on their site to help you install and learn the workflow/presets, which will become very useful when you are trying to “stack” presets. “Stacking” as they call it is when you click on several presets to get a desired look that fits your own style. I am particularly interested in stacking presets rather than having one preset make a ton of adjustments. That being said, they do have all-in-one presets that are quite nice. I have noticed myself clicking on one of their “all-in-one” presets first, then making adjustments with the “stackable” presets they offer.
Here is an example of using one of their all-in-one presets. The preset is called “Duo.” This photo is from a most recent surprise proposal session. All I did was simply click on the preset “Duo” and this was my result. I believe this one is my favorite preset they offer in this bundle if you are looking for an all-in-one preset that looks nice.
Here is an example using their presets using “Stacking.” Using the same image, I clicked on the following provided presets: 1-Base-Auto-Tone(Color); 2-Exposure- Darken Shadows; 3-Color Correct - Fix Red Skin; 5-Polish High Contrast; then 5-Polish Sharpen. I then used the brush presets “Strike a Pose - Burne” on the couples hands, but didn’t feel the need to use any other brush presets and I’m happy with the resulting image.
I like the stackable resources better, mostly because I have more control and each stackable preset is very specific… making it possible to keep your own style. I also like to use these stackable presets to create my own preset. When you find yourself clicking on the same stackable presets for every photo, you can combine those operations to a custom preset of your own in Lightroom, which makes workflow faster, and we can all use a little more time away from editing (am I right?!).
As you can see, the presets are incredible and I am very satisfied with the resulting images, which required minimal work on my end. This bundle is best for those photographers like myself who focus on portraits.
You can purchase this bundle by visiting: https://sleeklens.com/product/strike-a-pose-portrait-workflow/
You can purchase additional Lightroom presets from sleeklens.com by visiting: https://sleeklens.com/product-category/lightroom-presets/
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