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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!

This Video Will Show You Why You Need To Take Breaks While Retouching

I stumbled across this video that really blew my mind. A woman ages right before your eyes and you don’t realize it is happening. You can feel a change but it’s gradual. Once you reach the end and look back, you can’t believe how much change has happened in just 5 minutes.  [more]

Facebook Can Delete Your Personal Account If You Do Any Business On It

Many of us in the industry are using social media in some form or another. It’s a great tool in promoting our work and we tend to explore as many options as possible. Facebook is one of those options. You may be using your personal page along with a business page to promote your work. What if Facebook suddenly deleted your personal page and you lost all your contacts, messages, and more? That is what recently happened to photographer Catherine Oshanek, otherwise known as White Cedar[more]

Wacom Refreshes Their Tablet Lineup With The Intuos And Intuos Pro

With a recent update, Wacom has decided to drop the name ‘Bamboo’ from their lineup. Instead, it is now simply called the Intuos. It comes with a new product to replace the old Bamboo lineup. Secondly, the previously known Intuos will now be called the Intuos Pro. They also have modified the design a bit. In addition, they have also released a special edition Intuos Pro. [more]

Fashion Photographer Chris Davis Shares His Tips On Shooting Male Models

When you think of fashion photography, you typically think of women being the main subject. It’s not without reason because female models typically dominate the fashion scene. When it comes to shooting male models in fashion, there’s a lack of information out there for aspiring photographers. I reached out to my friend and colleague Chris Davis who was happy to share a few tips on shooting male models in specific.  [more]

Beautiful Examples And Tips On How To Photograph Animals For The Purpose Of Adoption

It felt like yesterday that we featured Underwater Dogs. Seth Casteel took those incredible photos and it definitely was a really memorable series of animal shots. How could you not love them? In fact, Seth is such a great animal photographer that he didn’t just stop there. He’s created some great tips on photographing animals for the intent of getting them adopted.  [more]

Wacom Announces Two Portable Cintiq Tablets And A Pressure Sensitive iPad Stylus

Keeping up with the latest consumer demand, Wacom has just announced three new exciting products. The first two are portable Cintiq products. Thirdly, they’ve also come out with a stylus for the iPad that is pressure sensitive. [more]

Is A Graphic Tablet Really Necessary For A Photographer To Have For Retouching?

How important is it to have a graphic tablet and do I really need it? This is a question that I get asked quite often and wanted to elaborate on it. It may be that you’ve never tried one or perhaps you never got used to it and did not like the experience. Is that normal and how imperative is it that you get used to using one?  [more]

Here’s A Look At The First Issues Of Various Famous Magazines

Mental Floss posted this great article that gives us a look into how the first issues of magazines such as Time, People, Wired, Playboy, ESPN, and more looked like. It even gives a brief summary as to what each issue was about.  [more]

A Unique Timelapse Video Of European Architecture Comprised Of Thousands Of Photos

Over the span of three months, Luke Shepard journeyed through 36 cities and 21 countries with the intent of capturing these beautiful European structures. What started as a successful kickstarter campaign,which raised nearly $20,000, has led to this beautiful video.  [more]

What Does Sports Illustrated Look For When Hiring Photographers?

Photoshelter recently ran this great article about Sports Illustrated and what they look for in a photographer. They sat down and interviewed Brad Smith, Director of Photography at Sports Illustrated. This is an invaluable article to anyone out there who shoots sports!  [more]

Working With A Creative Retoucher On A Concept From Start To Finish

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to work with a retoucher on a concept you’ve had in mind, this may be just what you’re looking for. Photographer Justin Bettman wanted to create a concept but didn’t have the ability to do so on his own, so he teamed up with creative retoucher and manipulator Krzysztof Rejek to bring his idea to life.  [more]

A Short Film About A Man Who Has Sold Millions Of Forgotten Personal Photographs

“Mark Kologi has collected and sold literally millions of forgotten personal photos of complete strangers.” That was the only tag line associated with the video. With curiosity, I entered Mark’s world for a moment through the video. I was curious to know why he does this. Immediately, I got it and it brought out the fascination I have with photography. [more]

How Photographer Jasmine Star Prepares For An Engagement Session

If you’re a wedding photographer, you probably know who Jasmine Star is by now. Not only is she talented in what she does but she also has a wealth of knowledge that is helpful to those who want to learn more about shooting weddings and engagement sessions.  [more]

‘The Air Traffic’ Is A Timelapse Video Of Airplanes Whizzing Across The Sky

I’ve always been fascinated with airplanes, the miracle of flight on display right above our heads never gets old. Photographer Milton Tan created this timelapse video titled ‘The Air Traffic’ that shows airplanes whizzing around the air. Sped up, it creates a great effect that looks almost extra terrestrial.  [more]

How They Made This Single Photograph Look Like Four Different Photographs

Bela Borsodi is a NY city based photographer that shot this beautiful photo of what looks to be four different images stitched together. In actuality, it was meticulously created in one take to look like four photographs. This is a behind the scenes video showing us how it was created, which in itself is a work of art.  [more]

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