Strike a Pose Workflow {Review}

Holding a canon lens cap.Back in 2014, the unthinkable happened. The computer I used for my business went Ka-boom. Thankfully, I saw it coming and had all of my files backed up and saved.

But.

Buying a new computer required that I update my editing software. Prior to that, I had been using the Photoshop CS3 that I purchased in 2007. I knew Photoshop. We were pretty much BFF’s.

Making the jump to Creative Cloud meant I could harness the power of Photoshop and Lightroom. I knew there was so much potential with Lightroom, but oh, the learning curve was steep.

I had to learn everything all over again. I was swamped with work. I had no choice but to dive in and learn.

Now, I do 95% of my editing in Lightroom. I love the ability to quickly match the editing of all my images and the ability to make batch adjustments. One thing that has frustrated me, though, is losing the brushes and detail work of Photoshop.

I recently had the opportunity to give the Strike a Pose Lightroom Workflow a try.

Wow. Let’s just say LR just leveled up to BFF status.

Strike a Pose comes with 62 portrait brushes and 69 Presets. The brushes include face sharpening, highlights, color overlays, eye whitening, teeth whitening and more. I have a very clean editing style. I don’t want anyone to ever look at my photos and think they have been altered at all.

Having said, that, of course, I do alter my images.

{For the images below I used only the Strike a Pose presets and brushes. If I was editing these to print, I would make other adjustments. What you see is not the finished products}

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are surrounded by GREEN. Green trees, green grass, green skin tones. Every photo I take outdoors needs to have the color adjusted, it’s just a fact of life. A small trade off for the beauty of living in the Evergreen State.

For the image above, I used only the Strike a Pose workflow brushes. I took out the green, used the face sharpening brush (sharpening is one of the features I miss most in PS) and a light vignette.

I used only the Strike a Pose brushes and made no other adjustments.

One thing I was interested in seeing is how well this would translate to another photo if I simply clicked the “previous” button in LR.

In the photo on the right, you can see a dark spot on my daughter’s shirt. Other than that, I was happy with how the edits translated into another photo.

The image on the left here is SOOC (straight out of camera) and the one on the right I used the Fix Green preset. This I really, really liked! I can definitely see using this for my summertime photos.

 

Here is another example. SOOC on the left and nothing but Fix Green on the right.

I’m not a fan of Presets…I have only one that I use and it is a black and white Preset which I use and then make adjustments to.

However, while testing out the Strike a Pose I tried a bunch of presets on my images….and loved this Summer Ten preset.

A review of the Sleek Lens Strike a Post Lightroom Workflow.

SOOC

A review of the Sleek Lens Strike a Post Lightroom Workflow.

Summer Ten Preset

I can definitely see using this preset with a few tweaks to make it my own.

But what if you want to take it a little further?

Review of Sleek Len's Strike a Pose workflow.

SOOC

Review of Sleek Len's Strike a Pose workflow.

For this image, I used Summer Ten and Golden Sun. This is definitely more editing than I generally do on photos, but I like the result.

Overall, I really liked this set. I found a few in the Strike a Pose that I really do like and plan to use. I felt like the brushes are extremely useful. I definitely think it is worth the $39 price tag if you have any interest in the presets or brushes.

Here are two great links if you are interested in learning more:

Sleek Lens Lightroom Tutorial and Lightroom Presets.

I was given a copy of Strike a Pose Workflow for review purposes. All opinions are my own and I received no compensation for this post.

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