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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!

[Pics] Rarely Seen Behind The Scenes Shots From Star Wars

Behind the scenes shots are always fun, especially when it’s from really great movies. You get to see characters in their real element still dressed as their on-screen characters. These images are just awesome. These are rarely seen images of the cast of Star Wars that I am pretty sure you’ll enjoy.   [more]

[Video] Florence Colgate From The UK Is Regarded To Have The Most Beautiful Face

18 year old Florence Colgate from Britain won the  ‘Britain’s Most Naturally Beautiful Face’ contest. Apparently, it was based on the science of symmetry, width and length of her face, and perfect facial features. Some have even regarded her as the having the World’s most perfect face. With beauty being so subjective, do you believe there is a science behind it? What do you define as perfect?  [more]

[Concept] What The Instagram App Icon Would Look Like If It Became A Working Camera

The square Instagram App icon has become very well known to most of us. What if it was real? The team over at ADR studios rendered what it would look like if the icon became a real camera. Would it be something that you would buy if it was a possibility?

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Michael Kloth Takes Emotionally Engaging Portraits Of Sheltered Cats To Help Adoption

Arizona based photographer, Michael Kloth, started taking photos of sheltered cats in hopes to get them adopted by showing their personalities. “My experience has been that quality photography is the first step in marketing these furry works of art to potential adopters. It is my hope that I can use these local animals as a voice for the millions of homeless animals nation and worldwide.” [more]

[Humor] The Photoshop Comedy Series ‘You Suck At Photoshop’ Is Back

The popular series is back after a 4 year hiatus! This series combines tutorials with humor, mostly humor though. If you’re familiar with the series, this is probably something you’re excited about. However, if this series is new to you, be sure to check out a few of the first episodes here before checking this one out.   [more]

[Pics] Combining The Microsoft Kinect And Infrared Photography To Produce Stunning Results

With technology continually advancing, it increases what we can do with photography. In this series by photographer Audrey Penven, she uses her infrared camera to capture the light that the Kinect puts out. Keep in mind, these dots of light cannot be seen by an unaided eye, which is why the infrared camera is needed. This series titled, Dancing with Invisible Light, is a series that plays on this concept. It’s not only a beautiful effect but it is also well captured.   [more]

[Pictures] Pencil Vs Camera – Combining Photography With Drawings To Produce Brilliant Works Of Art

Ben Heine has a unique idea, he takes a photograph and places his artwork over a section of the image to produce photography based art. The concept is truly fascinating and allows for his imagination to play within each frame. The best one is the piece with the camera, not that we’re biased or anything.  [more]

[Video] The Purveyor – Photographer Steven Baillie Travels The World To Find Undiscovered Models

Photographer Steven Baillie is well known for his work with GQ and Playboy. Another interesting part about Steven is his ability and willingness to travel all around the world just to find new faces. Here’s a behind the scenes look at some of his amazing adventures along with some of the new faces he finds and how he finds them.  [more]

[App] Shooting Raw With Your iPhone: 645PRO App

The 645 PRO app is designed with photographers in mind. With cell phones being used more and more for taking pictures, it’s no wonder that this app is coming out for the iPhone. Aside from shooting raw, it has plenty of features that will grab your interest.  [more]

[Pics] ’3D’ In The 1930′s – Viewing Old Pictures Of Paris Through Sterographs

Alex was browsing through a thrift store in Paris where he came across an old sterograph viewer from the 1930′s. One item that sealed the deal on the sale was when the store owner told him that it came with a box filled with 50 glass plates. With it, came a view into a how France looked like in the 1930′s. Here are some gifs that encompassed what he saw.  [more]

[Video] Micro Empire – A Scary Yet Fascinating World Seen In One Drop Of Water

Clemens Wirth shows us an entire world of life that resides in just one drop of water. I was horrified yet simultaneously engaged when looking at this video. It’s well put together, everything from the videography to the editing.  The good news is that the life you see does not exist in your municipal drinking water, to make that clear. So rest easy and have fun watching.  [more]

[Pics] Little Dreamers – Creative Photography Based On The Playful Imagination

This set by Dara Scully really portrays a sense of youth and innocence when looking at them. She somehow finds a way to take you on the journey with her through her visual storytelling. This set was not only well made but also really fun to look at. It makes me reminisce about being a child again through the emotions that come through with each image.  [more]

[Humor] How You Should Be Cleaning Your Camera Lenses

Nick Kelsh kindly brings us an ‘elegant’ video from the Kelsh Institite For Advanced Photograph Thinking on how to clean your precious lenses. We never had a great way to clean our lenses till now. Once you see this fantastic method, you’ll be convinced immediately. Thank you Nick, the results worked great on our lenses!  [more]

[BTS] Dave Hill Switches To The Sony NEX To Reinterpret Spiderman

There is no doubt that Dave Hill is a well known name in the photography community. With his recent collaboration with Sony, here’s a behind the scenes look of him switching to the Sony NEX camera system for a reinterpretation of Spiderman. Do you feel that mirrorless is a feasible alternative for the way cameras are headed?  [more]

[Humor] What You May Look Like When Taking Pictures

Let’s hope this is not what you look like when taking pictures. Admit it, we’ve all been guilty of strange poses. I’m sure these shots are also making you wonder if there’s a shot of you floating around depicting you in an odd pose. These shots really make it easy to laugh at ourselves as we sometimes see ourselves in their shoes, at least to a lesser degree. [more]

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