Sleeklens Lightroom Workflow Review ft. #michaelschallenge

Hey everyone!

As you all have said on my recent Instagram story poll, you want to see more on the blog from Malina Rose Photography. And as luck would have it I was approached by Sleeklens to review their Lightroom workflow! 

With this I wanted to show some before and afters, so I thought I'd show off the photos I took with my sister doing the #michaelschallenge ! It definitely stretched me creatively to figure out compositions within narrow store aisles, using props (which I never do!) and disguise the fact that I'm in a craft store!

What is a Workflow?

If you read the words 'Lightroom workflow' and was like "wait what?" A Lightroom or Photoshop workflow is a set of presets and/or adjustment brushes that help you edit your photos efficiently, and usually based around a general editing style. There are TONS of presets and workflows available and I've tried many. 

So I'm excited to share my thoughts with you all on the Sleeklens workflow "Strike a Pose" and show you what possibilities there are, because I am seriously impressed!

The Before & After

Once I downloaded the presets into Lightroom, I was amazed at how many presets and brushes there are in this collection! I was immediately impressed by the variety and how specific each one is. You can be an experienced professional photographer, or just starting out and finding your style. The presets and brushes tell you exactly what its purpose is, so there's no guessing or feeling lost. They're also stackable, which means if you apply a base preset that does an all over adjustment, but then want to use a tone preset that will affect a specific color, it won't change anything except that specific color. Hopefully that last bit made sense, I'm not the best person at explaining things sometimes. *nervous laugh*

I'll have a before and after of each photo, and then I'll write in the description what presets and brushes I used from Strike A Pose to get the image! Let's do diisssssss

*disclaimer* the before photos were skin retouched, but that's it. I tried the brush Soften Skin on a shot SOOC and it worked beautifully, and the rest couldve been touched up with the healing tool in Lightroom. I just prefer the frequency separation method in photoshop, so that's where I started :)

Left: Before / Right: Presets Used: Base Edit - Studio Headshot (tweaked). Brushes Used: Face - Even Skin Tone (tweaked), Eyes - Enhance Catchlights, Eyes - Whiten Eyes, Face - Fix Under Eye Circles (tweaked)

The Studio Headshot preset is definitely about to be one of my go to for portraits. It is a great start to a moody style portrait.

 Left: Before / Right: Presets Used: All-In-One - Duo. Brushes Used: Face - Fix Under Eye Circles, Face - Add Contour

Left: Before / Right: Presets Used: All-In-One - Duo. Brushes Used: Face - Fix Under Eye Circles, Face - Add Contour

This monochrome preset was darn near perfect, only did a couple minor cosmetic fixes and she was good to go! 

 Left: Before / Right: Presets Used: All-In-One - Love Bug (tweaked). Brushes Used: Color Correct - Reduce Reds, Face - Soften Skin, Eyes - Brighten Eyes, Eyes - Enhance Catchlights2, Haze - Golden

Left: Before / Right: Presets Used: All-In-One - Love Bug (tweaked). Brushes Used: Color Correct - Reduce Reds, Face - Soften Skin, Eyes - Brighten Eyes, Eyes - Enhance Catchlights2, Haze - Golden

This edit is totally outside of my style, but I wanted to include some of the presets that allow you to get really creative, and this one has a real vintage, whimsical feel and is so pretty!

 Left: Before / Right: Presets Used: All-In-One - Sunset Portrait2. Brushes Used: Face - Reduce Shadow Under Eyes, Face - Skin Tone & Smooth (tweaked), Eyes - Whiten Eyes, Eyes - Enhance Blue Eyes

Left: Before / Right: Presets Used: All-In-One - Sunset Portrait2. Brushes Used: Face - Reduce Shadow Under Eyes, Face - Skin Tone & Smooth (tweaked), Eyes - Whiten Eyes, Eyes - Enhance Blue Eyes

This edit is pretty dramatic, but imagine those colors on an actual sunset portrait?! That color pop is POPPIN'.

 Left: Before / Right: Presets Used: Base - Into The Woods (tweaked), Tone/Tint - Summer Ten, Polish - High Contrast, Vignette - Black Dreamy. Brushes Used: Face - Reduce Wrinkles, Light - Darken Shadows

Left: Before / Right: Presets Used: Base - Into The Woods (tweaked), Tone/Tint - Summer Ten, Polish - High Contrast, Vignette - Black Dreamy. Brushes Used: Face - Reduce Wrinkles, Light - Darken Shadows

This is an example of stacking presets! I got almost everything done in this image with just a couple clicks which is awesomeeeee

 Left: Before / Right: Presets Used: All-In-One - Muted Butterflies (tweaked), Tone/Tint - Bronze Tone2

Left: Before / Right: Presets Used: All-In-One - Muted Butterflies (tweaked), Tone/Tint - Bronze Tone2

This one is definitely for all you super artsy, dreamy and fantasy photographers!

 Left: Before / Right: Presets Used: Base - Base Edit 2 (tweaked), Tone/Tint - Summer Ten, Polish - Sharpen. Brushes Used: Face - Fix Under Eye Circles, Light - Brighten Highlights, Eyes- Enhance Blue Eyes2, Eyes - Enhance Catchlights

Left: Before / Right: Presets Used: Base - Base Edit 2 (tweaked), Tone/Tint - Summer Ten, Polish - Sharpen. Brushes Used: Face - Fix Under Eye Circles, Light - Brighten Highlights, Eyes- Enhance Blue Eyes2, Eyes - Enhance Catchlights

This is another one that I could see myself using on the regular. The Base Edit 2 preset was almost spot on by itself with my style, and i just added some warmth to bring out that skin tone.

 Left: Before / Right: Presets Used: All-In-One - Portrait Warm Magenta Haze. Brushes Used: Face - Reduce Shadow Under Eye (tweaked)

Left: Before / Right: Presets Used: All-In-One - Portrait Warm Magenta Haze. Brushes Used: Face - Reduce Shadow Under Eye (tweaked)

This edit is so dreamy and pink and is what all cotton candy portrait dreams are made of.

The Review

Overall, I think these presets are great! I can't believe I hadn't heard of them before they reached out to me. There is literally something (if not many things!) in here for everyone, and every type of portrait photographer. I really think if you're a photographer just starting out, this is a great workflow to start out with to explore different styles, without being overwhelmed by vernacular. And the prices cannot be beat for any of their workflows. I'll definitely be incorporating this workflow into my own post production. Thank You Sleeklens!

Get Them For Yourself!

Convinced you need these?! I knew you would be. Here are the links you need to get your hands on this Lightroom Workflow!

https://sleeklens.com/product/strike-a-pose-portrait-workflow/
https://sleeklens.com/product-category/lightroom-presets/
https://www.pinterest.com/sleeklens/lightroom-presets/

Leave a comment! Tell me what you think about the photos, this type of blog post (super new for me!) or just to say hi! Have fun, and stay creative.

xo