Pratik Naik

Staff Writer http://www.solsticeretouch.com +Pratik Naik@solsticeretouchFacebook
Hey everyone! My name is Pratik Naik and I am a high end retoucher and a personal retouching teacher (www.retouchingclasses.com).You may have seen my work in magazines like ELLE, Marie Claire, GQ, and Zink to name a few. I’ve been working with Photoshop for over 10 years now and love every aspect of the photography industry.Traveling is another passion of mine. My 1 on 1 retouching classes take me all over the world and I never get tired of it.Aside from my love of all things photography and Photoshop, I enjoy writing and blogging about some of the best content on the web. If you have any questions at all, feel free to connect with me via the social media links above in the title. I would love to hear from you!

The Robotic Cameras Of The 2012 Olympic Games And Beyond

The progression of technology has allowed for us to capture shots in angles that we would not usually be able to capture. Robotic cameras have the ability to fit into spaces and locations that a photographer would usually not be able to get to. These are fully controlled by remote as well. It may very well begin to change the landscape of photojournalism. Check out what you can expect and how it’s done within. [more]

12 Ways To Achieve A Perfect Glamour Shot

Mostly for humor, and partly for reminiscing this funny time period, here is a visual instruction list on how to get the perfect glamour shot. Chances are you remember these amazing shots from the 90′s, maybe you even had one of your own (care to share it with us?). Either way, let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at these unbelievable shots with directions included. [more]

These Photos Of The 2012 United States Olympic Team Have Hit A Nerve With The Public

The Olympic Committee’s Media Summit in Dallas, Texas was held back in May of this year. A number of photographers were invited to shoot the event. Joe Klamar was one of the the photographers who captured portraits of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. Once the images became public, people were not pleased with the outcome and it went viral. We’d like to hear your thoughts and let us know what you think of the coverage and if you agree with the current public opinion.  [more]

Canon’s Mixed Reality Project Shows What The Future Of Design And Production Looks Like

Canon’s Mixed Reality (MR) Project may shape the future in many areas, from the conception of an idea to design and all the way to production. It helps to generate a virtual interactive product even before production begins. This video illustrates how fusing the world between the real world and virtual world may be advantageous in many ways . How do you think it will impact photography? Check out the full post for more details.   [more]

Instaglasses Concept: The Instagram Glasses That Show The World In Filters

We recently showed you the idea of what a instagram camera would look like here. Now, this concept by Markus Gerke shows it reduced down to glasses. The idea is that you can take a picture and apply a filter with your glasses. In effect, you can see the world through instagram filters and share it with everyone. Even though this concept won’t come true, it might have been a big hit with Instagram addicts. Would this be something you would have bought if they were real?  [more]

JOOheng Tan Turns 18 Tons Of Sand Into Backdrops For Photographs

The art of sand sculpting has entered the realm of photography. Artist and world champion sand sculpture, JOOheng Tan, has incorporated these sculptures as a set for some great photographs. These were done for the OMO washing detergent campaign. Check out the series as well as a behind the scenes video on how this was done.  [more]

Combining Photography With Beautiful Illustration By Nithin Rao Kumblekar

This artistically inspired series by Nithin Rao Kumblekar combines photography with artistic illustration. The whole series was shot from above with the models laying down on the floor. You could probably deduct that from the shadows on the ‘background’. Each shot in the series has a completely unique theme which makes this set also worth checking out.  [more]

A Fashion Shoot Taken Entirely On A Scanner Bed

When shooting fashion, the last thing that comes to mind is probably using the scanner as your camera of choice. Henry Hargreaves decided to use this medium for this set. Although this concept is not necessarily new, it’s always fun seeing everyone’s interpretation with the medium. Included are also some behind the scenes shots of the process as well.


The Manhattan Project – A Timelapse View Of The Different Areas Of Manhattan

Photographer/videographer, Cameron Michael, spent roughly 5 months making this timelapse view of Manhattan. It spans across the entire area and shows the stark contrast that makes the city so appealing. After months of time, the struggles of getting location access, and the manual labor of lugging around 130 pounds of equipment around the city, Cameron finally released this great video as an ode to the city and all its beauty. [more]

Framed Interviews Photographer Claudia Kunin On 3-D Art And Ghost Stories

If you’re into apparitions or anything spooky, this interview with former commercial photographer, Claudia Kunin, will captivate you. Without giving away much, check out the interview. Her work is extremely unique in what she does and where she’s come from. She says she loves ghosts because she’s been fascinated since she was a little girl. Combining that love with 3-D ends up taking it to the next level. She even goes over how she does it. More details in the full post.   [more]

The Little Slide Dress: Emily Steel Creates An Illuminating Dress From Old Film

A modern take on the little black dress, Emily Steel has found a way to make film a fashion statement. This dressed is adorned with film and backed with LED lights that give the effect. The idea was to create a wearable dress that fuses the idea of technology and art. The end result is intriguing to say the least. Check out the images and more details in the expanded post.  [more]

A Look Into ‘Photobooth’, An Open Tintype Photography Studio In San Francisco

Within the Mission District in San Francisco lies an amazing tintype photography studio called Photobooth. The best part is that you can just walk in and get a tintype portrait for yourself. Co-founder, Michael Shindler, not only talks about how it all got started but gives us a look into the process from start to finish.  Check it out the next time you’re in San Francisco!  [more]

‘From Love To Bingo in 873 Images’ – A Beautiful Getty Images Commercial

‘From Love to Bingo in 873 images’ is a short video and commercial which moves at 15 images a second. The video shows an entire lifetime depicted through stock images. Copywriter Sophie Schoenburg and art director Marcus Kotlhar spent 6 months making it happen and the end result is quite touching. I can only imagine how arduous going through all those images must have been! [more]

Photos Shot From A Perspective That Will Make You Look Twice To Figure Them Out

These photos are almost like optical illusions. You won’t believe what you’re seeing for a while till you look twice. Some of them look downright wrong but thankfully there is a good explanation for each of them! Which ones were your favorite? Take a look and let us know what you think.  [more]

[Behind The Scenes Video] The Making Of A Cover Shot With Supermodel Coco Rocha

You might remember Coco Rocha from her past ELLE controversy that we recently posted. She’s definitely one of the industry’s top models. This time, we take a look at the making of a cover for Target Style. How many shots does it take to get ‘the’ cover shot when you have a supermodel as your subject? Take a look and find out.  [more]

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