Over the course of 2016, I spent hundreds of hours editing photos. In the process, I became intimately familiar with Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop, and Google's Nik Collection.
If you want to become a better photographer, I highly recommend you learn to edit your photos. With a little editing knowledge, you can take your photos to a whole new level! Thankfully Adobe now has a Photography Bundle that includes Photoshop and Lightroom for $10 per month! You can also head over to my new Photo Editing Tutorials page to view my free Video Tutorials.
I recently got the opportunity to edit my photos with Sleeklens' Landscape Adventure Collection Photoshop Workflow. Sleeklens makes Photoshop and Lightroom actions targeting nearly every photography genre. These Actions are designed to make photo editing easier and much faster, especially for those photographers who can't afford to spend hundreds of hours learning everything about Photoshop and Lightroom. You can see all the different Workflows over at Sleeklens.com. They even offer photo editing services, if you don't have the time to edit your photos, or don't yet have the knowledge to do it effectively.
Having had plenty of experience editing Landscape Photos completely by hand, with minimal automation, I was excited to speed up the process.
Right off the bat I was a bit disappointed in the GUI for the Workflow. As you can see in the image below, it's fairly simplistic. All of the filters are accessed through the Actions Panel. I was hoping for something a little more advanced, like Jimmy McIntyre's Easy Panel. With that being said, the UI works fine. Everything is cleanly laid out in a logical format; finding a filter is quick and easy. Simplicity is best!
The filters in the Landscape Pack cover a broad range from Color Toning, to Sky Enhancers, to Cinematic Filters. These can be especially handy for those new to Photoshop! If you don't know the difference between the Selective Color, Color Balance, and Hue / Saturation tools are, then you would definitely get a lot out of these Actions! As I mentioned earlier, developing a firm understanding of Photoshop takes dozens, if not hundreds, of hours. Actions Packs like this can save you a lot of time!
The major problem I have with the Landscape Adventure Collection is that it relies heavily on Adobe Camera RAW. If you have Photoshop CC installed, no worries! If you have Adobe Photoshop CS6 or a prior version installed, you will have problems. These Pre-CC versions of Photoshop don't have Adobe Camera RAW built-in, and therefore they cannot do many of the actions included in the Landscape Workflow. Unfortunately, I was unable to use many of the best Filters included in this Workflow because of this. It seemed every cool Action I wanted to use required ACR.
Sleeklens also has many other Workflows available including: Portraits, Black and White, Light Leaks, and a Snow collection. The Portrait and Black & White Workflows look particularly interesting to me! In my experience, the more tools you have to edit with the better!
Ultimately, I can only recommend this workflow if you have Adobe Photoshop CC. For those of us still on Adobe Photoshop CS6 or earlier, there just aren't enough working filters to justify the purchase. The Actions that do work on CS6 were underwhelming, most were simple changes that I could have done manually It's a shame Adobe didn't incorporate Camera RAW into CS6, as many Action packs now require it. I'll have to consider upgrading to Photoshop CC soon...
If you are just getting into photo editing this might be a good investment! You will be able to quickly edit your photos, get more comfortable with Photoshop, and learn about photo editing along the way! Just verify you have Photoshop CC beforehand!
Photoshop Actions are a fast-growing market for individual photographers and photo companies. Sleeklens offers a huge variety of Actions in their Workflows, many of which could help take your photos to the next level! Again, if you're new to Photo Editing, a Workflow like this can save you a lot of time and frustration!
The Before and After comparisons below were made using only Sleeklens Actions.