POST PROCESSING IN LIGHTROOM
I use Lightroom as my main image library and editor. Using Photomechanics to cull images from a shoot before uploading to LR, I can then decide which images I wish to process. I have not been a great user of the basic presets within LR as part of the editing process, preferring to adjust images according to individual needs of the RAW image. Processing might depend on the final use of the image – that for a print might be slightly different for a projected image. However I have recently been experimenting with a set of SLEEKLENS presets and brushes designed for landscape images – called (bizarrely) “THROUGH THE WOODS”.
Devising the hundreds of presets and brushes that are available within the SLEEKLENS suites has to be a labour of love. Within the 51 landscape presets and 30 brushes there are a number that I suspect few photographers would ever wish to use. The presets are easily imported into LR once downloaded, and the brushes activated within the develop module (but read the instructions how to first!). Although one can reset adjustments or backtrack within the history, I find it better to work on a virtual copy and then compare or see adjustments clearly. The presets ‘work straight out of the box’ – in other words there is no need to make initial LR adjustments, but it would be wise to remove dust spots first and crop if needed. One advantage of some of the presets is that chromatic aberration and lens profile corrections are applied, something I wish could be set as a default within LR. The ability to experiment, apply and stack one preset or brush on top of others can greatly speed up processing. Each can be further adjusted with the LR sliders. I am not sure how useful the brushes are. I do know that the LR brush facility is little used. Having the SLEEKLENS brushes available does mean one is more likely to employ a brush to make detailed rather than global adjustments.
One disadvantage of loading all the presets/brushes is that it can take longer to find the one(s) that you like than just changing the LR develop sliders – making the processing a much longer job than it need be. Once you have found the presets etc that you actually like are and are likely to use it is possible to delete those that you never use. I also find that some of the colouration in the Sleeklens suite is rather odd.
This image of Nun’s Cross Farm on Dartmoor, Devon (UK) before and after using SLEEKLENS presets shows the power of being able to quickly achieve a satisfactory result.
Here is another before and after
Before and after without any initial LR adjustements, except for spot removal, using two of the presets and working with brushes to enhance the sky and bring out the shadows.
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