I'm often asked whether or not I use filters on my images. My typical response is: I don't use Instagram filters but I'll use apps to adjust exposure, tones, contrast, saturation, shadows, and highlights. It's at this point that I lose them. Everyone wants a quick fix.
For editing in my professional photography I use Lightroom software 99% of the time and I begin each session by first adjusting the image's exposure if needed, decrease or increase shadows and highlights, sharpen and tweak white balance. This method obviously takes up a lot of my time since I do my own editing. I've tried a few presets in the past but I was never happy with the results as my images were altered beyond my satisfaction.
Enter Sleeklens Lightroom Portrait Presets. What makes these presets unique is the ability to layer or stack them. You have the option to apply an all-in-one preset to your image which can be a bit much for my taste. If I choose the all-in-one I'll adjust accordingly by slightly decreasing contrast, shadows, highlights, and tone until I achieve the desired effect. Or, you can choose to use one preset or layer or stack them depending on how heavily you want to edit your photos.
Since I specialize in portraits I find myself using the local adjustment brushes that come with the portrait workflow more often than the presets. These help tremendously in enhancing catchlights, softening skin tone, brightening eyes, etc.
For Lightroom users, Sleeklens offers an array of presets that will fit your editing needs and streamline your workflow once you become familiar with using them. Even better, they also offer Professional Photo editing services if you're pressed for time.
Below I've included before and after images I've edited with the Sleeklens portrait presets.