When Jane of Sleeklens.com approached me to do a review of the ‘Strike a Pose’ workflow I was thrilled as I am always on the lookout for innovative new techniques and filter sets. I was particularly keen to trial this set due to it having brush presets to give added control and an extra dimension to my work. I was kindly sent the workflow for Lightroom. I installed the product which was very easy as it came with an instillation download and a pdf guide showing what could be attained using the set. The product was ready to go but unfortunately I wasn’t due to my travel and stock imagery commitments, however, I thought it was worth waiting to trial it with some new travel photography images on my return. I know it seems like the product is set to be a go to portrait workflow set, but I wanted to see what my imagery from far flung places would look like with the filters applied. Well I can tell you I was delighted with the results from the all in one sets applied to my Cuba images…great results with very little correction needed if at all.
My particular favourites are Catch Me If You Can, see examples below, I really love the colour rendering and warmth!
I really like the results from Deep Portrait, I had to pull the black sliders out a little but that was no real problem…results below – it really made my sunset pop!!
A couple more I like were Duo for the monochrome look and Kaleidoscope which gave a slightly HDR feel
Cool Portrait was pretty cool!!! It certainly brought out the interior architectural details of this low lit staircase…included is a before and after
And finally for the travel shots my overall favourite…drum roll… the winner is…Edgy Radiance. Again a before and after shot it really added to the overall atmosphere of the place.
Overall I thought the ‘Strike a Pose’ workflow really worked well with travel photographs and the options to get the look you need are endless.
I suppose with the set being called Strike a Pose I ought at least try one portrait…here goes!
A before and after, I started with the All In One filter Crisp Dawn, again this was a brilliant starting point, I then went on to use the brushes, the define hair was used which was great for lifting the shot, I also used enhance eyes, rosy lips (just a touch) and lightly reduced the shadows under the eyes, I also brightened the eyes. There are so many options to go at, but you have to stop somewhere.
In conclusion Sleeklens Strike a Pose was a fantastic workflow, I have now fully integrated the sets into my daily editing routine. Would I recommend it, of course I would! Please check out Sleeklens.com
Here is also a link to purchase any of the workflow in their range.