Háifoss waterfall before and after

Like most landscape photographers I prefer to be out there shooting images in stead of sitting behind my computer editing files. Afters switching to Adobe Lightroom, I started using presets in my workflow to speed up editing times but one of the disadvantages is that most presets do not deliver the outcome you'd like personally so in the end I was making most of my adjustments manually again.

A few weeks ago I came across the Sleeklens Trough The Woods Workflow for landscape photographers and after test driving them for a bit I'm really impressed. The workflow offers a variety of different settings for color and black and white images, but more importantly the workflow is gradually letting you make adjustments step by step. You can start by editing the whole image at once with an 'All-in-one' adjustment and work your way from there. So here's what I did with this image of the Háifoss waterfall in Iceland.

I've applied the 'All-in-one - Love Me Tender' adjustment stacked with a 'Base - Basic Film' adjustment to bring back some contrast. I know, the image looks maybe worse than the basic image I started with, but I used these settings especially for the skies.

To bring back some color and clarity, I then applied the 'Polish - Punch It Up' adjustment and the 'Polish - Sharpen' adjustment. I toned down the vibrance a bit.

As a last step to arrive at the image on the top right is to go to the brushes and make some local adjustments. This is perhaps the feature I like most of the Sleeklens workflow. You can use the pre-defined Brushes to make subtle local adjustments. I put some more contrast and clarity in the sky as well as reducing the highlights to avoid blown out parts. And I brought up the shadows in the foreground, to lighten some areas down in the valley of the Háifoss waterfall.

You can learn more about the Sleeklens presets here: https://sleeklens.com/product-category/lightroom-presets
and this specific Through The Woods workflow here: https://sleeklens.com/product/landscape-lightroom-presets
and to learn how to use them you can have a look at the tutorials: https://sleeklens.com/lightroom-tutorials