Photoshop Wizards are a hard breed to tame. They are able to conjure beauty from mere pixels with the stroke of a wand (wacom pen). They are such magical beings that some have even been known to survive for days on end by only eating cookies and tea. At least that is what we have learned after observing ours…
We are extra excited to announce the addition of Nick Leadlay, to the Westside roster. Nick is the first digital retoucher that Westside Studio has ever represented (yes, he is that good).
“I am very excited to be joining the team at Westside Studio after working closely with them on multiple jobs over the past year. The roster of photographers, along with the studio’s client list speaks for itself. I am especially excited about the new ground we are breaking in Canada as far as retouchers being represented along side photographers. Tom, Caitlin, Chris and the Westside family have been so welcoming to me since day one, so a special thank you goes to them. I am really looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together!”- N.L
Nick has worked his magic with a couple of the photographers here at Westside Studio. Nikki Ormerod and Joey L have both trusted Nick’s sorcery with some major projects in the past, resulting in images that you have probably seen hundreds of times by now. Take the following images for example:
When you combine extremely talented photographers with an extremely talented wizard, you end up with simply the best images possible. What, you didn’t catch his magic in the images above? Take a closer look at this amazing image by Joey L, shot for the recent Canon Campaign. Slide the bar back and forth to reveal one of Nick’s latest spells in action.
Did you catch it that time? I’m sure you did, but in case you are curious, Nick wanted to tell you a little bit about his work.
“This image was retouched on set during the Canon Camera shoot with Joey L. The deadline for the image was at the end of the day, so there really wasn’t any time for mistakes. However, I have worked with Joey before and he creates a really relaxed environment to work in, so that made everything a lot less stressful.
The basic elements that we addressed in this image were; the focus and angle of the camera, the exposure on the female model and the elimination of any distracting elements in the scene. We also did some subtle skin and hair work on the models, along with some global color correction/grading. Joey always likes to have a hand in the post production process and prefers to do his color grading at the end of the workflow. This image was no different in that regard. The majority of my time was spent on compositing the new camera into the shot from a different frame, as well as manually rebuilding the clothing around the camera and fixing the shadows.”
So there it is folks, Nick Leadlay has joined the team and we are pretty stoked about it. He is currently in Tahiti retouching bikini models, which we are confident he is enjoying quite well.