As you may know, I do a lot of my post-processing in Lightroom and am always on the lookout for new presets. The folks over at Sleeklens were kind enough to send me a free copy of their Landscape Lightroom Presets to try out and review.
Landscape Lightroom Presets – what are they?
A Lightroom preset is kind of like an Instagram filter only much more advanced. You could also think of them like Photoshop Actions. They are designed for the post-production software called Lightroom from Adobe. Lightroom presets are pre-defined adjustments covering everything from basic exposure to lens distortion corrections.
Presets are a great way for both Lightroom beginners and even advanced users to quickly try out different processing “looks” for a photograph. Personally, I tend to use a Lightroom preset as a starting point and then manually fine tune it to suit the photograph that I am working on.
Landscape Lightroom Presets from Sleeklens – Overview
Sleeklens sent me a copy of their landscape Lightroom presets called Through the Woods. This workflow contains 30 Lightroom landscape brushes and 50 landscape Lightroom presets. Installation was a breeze and for beginners there are many videos that guide you on how to use these Lightroom landscape presets to their full potential, which I thought was a great idea. Some of the presets are complete recipes and others can be stacked together.
See here for a complete list of what’s included.
Through the Woods Lightroom Workflow – My Thoughts
I had hoped to shoot some new Landscape photography specifically for this review. Unfortunately I was unable to do so due to work commitments and recent bad weather. However, I did try them out on older photos that I was able to re-edit from scratch.
These presets are well organised being divided into complete recipes and those that are stackable. All brushes are appropriately named. One thing I would have liked to see though is the complete recipes being tagged with a suitable use – for example “landscapes with lots of green”, “landscapes with rocks”, “landscapes with sunsets” and so-on. I feel this would help take some of the guesswork out of which recipe to use on each photo.
The complete recipe presets worked well on the different landscape photos that I tried them on. I was particularly pleased with the stackable presets and adjustment brushes from the workflow. Stackable presets covered everything from base adjustments such as exposure, shadows and highlights, through to colour adjustments, contrast, clarity and sharpness. There was even a preset to fix blue skies and dynamic range which worked well and came in handy. Adjustment brushes were also great and worked in a similar way.
Would I recommend these Landscape Lightroom Presets?
Yes. Although I preferred the stackable presets and the adjustment brushes over the all-in-one “recipes”, these Lightroom presets are a great addition to any landscape photographer’s workflow.
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Landscape Photos edited with Sleeklens Presets
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