Hello all! I just recently got the opportunity to write a review for a company called Sleeklens about a set of Photoshop actions they sell for landscape photography. If you’re not familiar with Photoshop actions, they are basically pre-recorded processes that can be integrated into an editing workflow. For example, I like to perform an effect called the Orton Effect on a lot of my images, which involves duplicating the background layer, blurring it, applying contrast and brightness adjustments, then turning down the opacity. Instead of having to do all of those steps, I can record them and create an action, and even assign that action a keyboard shortcut. Sleeklens created a bunch of actions and I got to play around with them.
First, I chose a photo from Zion National Park about a year ago. I knew it was going to be tough to edit, since it was taken in broad daylight, but I decided to give it a try. I played around with pretty much every single action, seeing what I liked the best. After applying some color and tonal adjustments, the image just wasn’t working for me. Then, I tried the “Punchy Black and White” action, and that did exactly what I was looking for. Here are the before and after images:
For the second image, I used a seascape that I shot a while ago but never came around to editing. I first performed some basic edits with normal adjustment layers. I knew I wanted it to have a warm atmosphere about it, so I chose a “Sunset Colors” action, and it gave me what I wanted. Finally, I used the “Clarity” action to boost some of the detail in the rocks and the water. Here are the images:
Overall, I like having the actions available to me. I can’t say I would solely rely on them for editing my photos, but I definitely found some of them useful. I’m more of a slow, step-by-step editor and I like to have a lot of flexibility in each step, though. I bet a lot of you may find these extremely useful if you’re looking for quick edits, because they are really well thought out and nice on any image.
Here are the links to the website: