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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!

[BTS Video] Joe McNally Shoots The Sense Of Sight (Circa 1992)

A unique behind the scenes look with Joe McNally in his Sense of Sight cover story (A National Geographic Production – circa 1992). Talk about a blast from the past. It’s great seeing his thought process and work ethic through the entire process. It shows that no matter how old this video is, there’s still a lot to be learned from watching the master at work. Check out the full post to see the video.

[Video] Shooting Fighter Pilots In Flight

Justin de Reuck takes us with him on his job of taking photographs of fighter pilots in flight. Though there is no dialogue, the visual element speaks for itself. Photography is difficult enough as it is, but try doing it under excessive g-force and being upside down! He almost makes it look too easy. If you think this is cool, check out the full post to see an F18 pilot with his GoPro camera. You don’t want to miss seeing this!

[Story] The True Value Of A Photograph

Being in the industry, I know how valuable a photograph is and what it means. It contains memories that can be cherished for years and passed on to generations. We look back at these memories and they are priceless. Often, we wonder if the general public truly feel the same way, especially considering how little some people are willing to pay for quality work. Here’s a story that caught my attention about the value of a photograph that really touched me.

Photographer, Jeanine Thurston, received a letter at her doorstep on July 2nd of 2011.

Jeanine writes:

 “There will be no portrait photos in this post. This letter wasn’t mailed – it was at my doorstep when I got home a couple months ago. I read it, I cried, and read it again – probably a hundred times by now. It wasn’t easy to read – and honestly, as much as it validates what I do for a living – I wasn’t sure I was going to share it either – Until today, when a past client said that my print prices were too expensive. If you choose to read through the letter, you will know why I’ve finally chosen to share it.”

Check out the full post to read the letter that moved her to tears and let me know what you feel about it. 

 

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