2017-01-08

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I was contacted by Sleeklens if I wanted to test their landscape workflow (available for Photoshop and Lightroom) and in exchange write a small review about the workflow on my website.

Most of my post-processing is done in Lightroom only (even for HDR and panorama shots). I rarely use Photoshop so obviously I choose to test the Lightroom workflow for landscape photography which is called Through the Woods workflow. I already have many LR-presets from which I use just a few (some for vignettes, b&w, darken sky etc.). The presets I currently use most are the one that I saved myself as default-starting-points for landscape, forest and autumn shots. After applying one of these presets I start to tweak around with all the settings and try to get the best out of the photo manually.

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The zip file contains of 51 presets, 30 brushes and some pdfs which explain how to install and use the presets and brushes. There is also a recipes pdf with some before-and-after-photos with a list of all the used ingredients (presets and brushes).

Presets
The Through the Woods workflow consist of 12 all-in-one presets which change the complete image at once. The other more individual presets are used for changing the base (auto-tone, cinematic ..), exposure (brighten, darken ..), color correct (reduce green,blue ..), tone/tint (cool, warm ..), polish (clarity, contrast ..) and some vignettes.

I dont think the presets in the Through the Woods workflow will change my workflow because I am already used to my workflow where I choose my own presets and then do all the tweaking myself. Although I can imagine I could use the individual presets to get a faster preview of the photo before I start to tweak manually. Because I am so used to my current workflow I constantly have to remind myself to use the new presets ... the future will tell how they will influence my workflow.

Brushes
Until now I did use brushes by applying them fast, then make changes to the setting until I was satisfied and then re-applying them exactly where I wanted the changes to be. Until now I did not use any default or saved brushes and think now ... why did I not at least save some brushes?.

The Through the Woods workflow consist of 30 brushes: basics (contrast, clarity ..), color (cooler, warmer, desaturate ..), effects (cloudy sky, water ..), haze (cyan, gold, neutral ..) and light (brighten, darken, intense ..). I really like these presets and they speed up the workflow. After choosing the right brush I now can apply it where I want and then tweak around with the setting until I am satisfied. I really like the default brushes and I am already getting used to them :)

Sleeklens - Through the Woods Workflow
I like the Through the Woods Workflow package of presets and brushes although I currently dont use the presets much but I am using the brushes. If you are a landscape photographer you cant go wrong with this Sleeklens workflow. Here you can find a video on how to work with the Through the Woods workflow [ https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXjFjEe9Yc6jNA8GPm77IcQuNM3LbtYlH ]

Hereby I want to thank Sleeklens for the opportunity to test and review the Through the Woods Workflow package.

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