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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!

Photojournalist David Guttenfelder Talks About His Regular Experiences In North Korea

David Guttenfelder is the only western photojournalist who has regular access inside North Korea. With this opportunity, he has the ability to show the human side of the country. He wanted to showcase the truth, both the good and the bad. You empathize with the people of the country when you see the hardships they are going through. You’re also fascinated with how they operate behind closed curtains.  [more]

The Best And Worst Cameras And Lenses Of 2013 By The Camera Store

It isn’t the end of the year just yet, but The Camera Store released this great video depicting the best and worst lenses and bodies of 2013. They typically make great videos and this is one of them. It may give you a great insight on some lenses to consider for the holiday season as well! If you received gift cards or cash for the holidays, these suggestions may tempt you.  [more]

South Park Makes Fun Of The Retouching Industry (NSFW)

South Park is a show that comes off as harsh. With their crude and direct sense of humor, it was just a matter of time before they attacked the world of retouching and post production. In a recent episode, they decided to poke fun at the concept of Photoshop and manipulation.  [more]

$500,000 In Leica Lenses Stolen From A Los Angeles Film Set

The LAPD and the FBI are currently on the case of half a million dollars worth of stolen Leica Summilux-C (cine) lenses. This occurred on Sunday, December 1st, when a shoot was being held by Doug Emmet in Los Angeles. It’s being reported by CPT Rental Inc. and with any luck we can only hope that they will be recovered as news spreads.  [more]

Determining If A Photo Should Be Left In Color Or Converted To Black And White

After a recent trip abroad, I was excited to go through and process my images. I came across an image that I felt looked great in both color and black and white. Unsure of what to do, I started questioning the criteria that I use to determine if a photo should be left in color or converted to black and white. In the process, I decided to ask my colleagues and came up with a guide.  [more]

Why I Switched From My Stock Wacom Stylus To The Classic Pen Stylus

I’ve been using Wacom tablets for almost ten years now to the date. I picked one up on a whim during the holiday season and have become hooked ever since. For these past few years, I’ve never considered changing the stylus that came with every tablet I’ve used. The stock stylus always felt great to me. Recently, I decided to give the Wacom classic pen stylus a try.  [more]

Kirsty Mitchell Returns With This Spectacular Entry In The Wonderland Series Finale

Kirsty Mitchell should need no introduction. She is an acclaimed photographer who almost seems to know no bounds to her creativity. As an inspiration to many, her Wonderland series showcases some immaculate photography and conceptual execution. It all started in 2009 to honor her late mother and has now lead to this.  [more]

Ask A Retoucher: Questions From The Industry, Answered By A Retoucher

Aside from techniques, I have noticed that there isn’t much information out there on retouching and the industry. I have been asked great questions over time that I thought people would love to know the answer to. Accordingly, I wanted to make a series to showcase them for the purpose of education and knowledge.  [more]

Should The Term “Plus Size” In The Modeling Industry Be Banned?

Recently, American plus size model, Tara Lynn, graced the cover of Elle Spain’s November issue. You can see that she did an amazing job from the cover shoot. However, every time the term “plus size” is used, I see more and more people become upset. Do you think the term should be banned or is it necessary for differentiation purposes?  [more]

This GoPro Video Of A Biker Going Down A Ridge Line Will Leave Your Palms Sweaty

Kelly McGarry is a freeride mountain biker who strapped a GoPro to his helmet and rode away down a narrow ridge. On either side, he would have been met with a steep fall. As if this wasn’t amazing enough, he proceeds to do a backflip over a 72-foot canyon gap along the way! He only came up with second place, even with such a great run.  [more]

A Magazine That Finally Says No To Photoshop

Verily magazine is doing something completely different than all of the other magazines out there. They have decided to use no Photoshop at all for the models in the magazine. Celebrating a person’s flaws rather than taking them away is their intention. They believe this is what society wants to see and they may be correct. Even more impressive is their stance on using real women as models.  [more]

Space Out With This Timelapse Video Of Telescopes Shooting Lasers Into Space

At an altitude of nearly 14,000 ft., the observatories atop of Mauna Kea, Hawaii give a crystal clear view of space through the night sky. The contrast of satellites and lasers against the daunting view of space really makes us feel connected to something bigger. This was a recent Vimeo staff pick and definitely worth a watch, especially in full screen view. [more]

Urban Hippie Is A Must See Fashion-Short That Is Full Of Life And Energy

Urban Hippie is an award winning fashion-short film that is also a Vimeo staff pick. I was immediately engaged by the visuals that depict a girl’s journey into her imagination. There is so much energy and life in the video that it’s a must watch. The way each moment was shot was meticulous and every frame could be a photograph of its own. It recent won the the best experimental film at the LA Cinema Festival and the best visual effects award at the La Jolla Fashion Film Festival.   [more]

This Mesmerizing Short Video Pushes The Boundaries Of Projection Mapping With Videography

Like new-age magic, ‘Box’ pushes the concept of projection mapping in ways we’ve never seen before. Keep in mind, none of the effects you see with the projection mapping itself were done in post processing. This was all done as a live performance, captured on camera as is.  [more]

A Website That Shows The Original Source Of Inspiration For Today’s Fashion Images

Lilah Ramzi, creator of Part Nouveau, had a great idea. With art and photography, many of the great images we see today are concepts that are borrowed from the past. She found the potential source of inspiration for many of these images and put them together. The result is a great lesson with a concise history of where they also originated from.  [more]

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