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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!

Industry Response: Sum Up Your Experiences Of Being A Photographer Into One Sentence

Through the years of excitement, down turns, and overall joy of our beautiful love for photography, we share a lot of experiences as we progress in the industry. No matter how divided we are in opinions, one thing we share is our love for photography. We may bicker over camera brands and techniques but you’re reading this because like me, you love this industry.  [more]

Fstoppers Interviews Conceptual Photographer Benjamin Von Wong

If you’re familiar with Fstoppers, you’ll know our love for Benjamin Von Wong. We’ve featured him so many times over the past couple of years on our site. We just can’t help ourselves! With his equally educational and entertaining BTS videos, everyone seems to love them. I decided that it would be a great time to take a moment and look into his world to learn more about him and what keeps him going.  [more]

Behind The Scenes Look At ‘Killing Lincoln’ With Photographer Joey L.

Fstoppers recently brought you an exclusive interview with photographer Joey L. In the process, we took a peak into some of his latest projects and revisited some of his previous work. He recently also photographed the national campaign for National Geographic’s film, Killing Lincoln. He teamed up with Variable to execute the campaign. [more]

Canon’s New CMOS Sensor Can See In The Dark

Canon has given us a look at their recent prototype that makes progress on low light performance. To say it’s sensitive in low light is an understatement. Take a look at the couple of sample images they’ve released along with their sample video, showing how great it captures the night sky. It’s quite remarkable to say the least.  [more]

The Pros And Cons Of Pulling Images From Video

We’ve seen this great post about pulling stills from video before. It really opens up the discussion about what technology can do for us. Will video really replace photography? The reality is it probably won’t. There are quite a few pros and cons that go along with it. The Slanted Lens goes in depth with this behind the scenes video with a Canon EOS-1DC[more]

A Recap Of The Trouble In The Visual Effects Industry

Visual effects artists are very much like our cousins, in the sense that our industry is visually based much like they are. We felt that we had to post about this for the sake of awareness in case you aren’t familiar with the news. Also, we wanted to create an open dialogue and hear from our readers about what they thought about all of this.  [more]

Interview With Celebrity And Commercial Photographer, Miller Mobley

I recently came across the work of Miller Mobley on Twitter on a random chance of browsing through a few recent tweets. I was linked directly to his blogwhich had a post about his recent shoot with Quentin Tarantino and Jamie Foxx. What I loved, more than his impeccable results, was how he was quite giving in regards to the details of the shoot.  [more]

Behind The Scenes Of Kate Upton’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover [NSFW]

Everyone remembers the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover. It brought a lot of discussion for the wrong reasons. If you don’t, you should refresh your memory here. This time around, the 2013 cover also features Kate Upton. Although it is much better, it seems that some people are still unhappy with it because she’s the cover model again. At least the focus went away from the processing of the image. [more]

You Know You’re A Photographer When, __________.

Reality is sometimes funnier than fiction when it relates to something we all do. In this situation, I asked my network of colleagues to fill in the blank, “You know you’re a photographer when, ____.” The responses were better than I was expecting! Here are some of the best answers given by other photographers in the industry. Be sure to post your own answers in the comments as well!  [more]

Long Exposures Of Couples Sleeping Tell An Interesting Story

If these were airplanes, it would be an air traffic control nightmare! Photographer Paul Schneggenburger wanted to find out how people behave once they are asleep. The end result was that he found it much like a dance in slow motion. If you’ve seen long exposure shots of dances, they reflect a similar feel. It gave a unique insight to how couples also interact in bed while they’re asleep.  [more]

The Surreal Conceptual Photography Of 19 Year Old Taylor Marie McCormick

At just 19 years of age, photographer Taylor Marie McCormic is one to watch. With her dream-like style, her work is quite intriguing. She has a really great way of telling a story in a single frame. Conceptual photography is a hard genre to execute, especially when it’s heavy in post production. The end image also has to captivate the audience for it to work. Both ends have to mend together well.  [more]

A Detest Of The Fashion Industry Makes Caulton Morris Take Self Portraits Doing A Headstand

Caulton Morris wanted to send a message. He detests the fashion industry and the over manipulated images included. So what did he do? He took pictures of himself doing a headstand. Now before you call it crazy, read out the full reasoning.  [more]

Photoshop Tutorial: How To Extract A Model With Flyaways From A Backdrop

Photoshop, it’s either a scary program or a fun one, depending on how much you understand it. There are times where it just becomes a nightmare. Specifically, extracting a model with flyaways from a backdrop. There are indeed many methods to do so. Here’s one more that really gives us a good solution. [more]

The Outer Child: Portraits That Make Adults Look Like Their Inner Child

Inside of you, lies a child, still playful and inquisitive. At least, we hope it does to a certain extent! What if that child came back to life for a second? What if your current form suddenly reflected it? That is exactly what photographer Quentin Curtat did in this concept.  [more]

Israel Has A New Law That Is Now In Effect: “The Photoshop Law”

Consistently, issues with digitally altered photos have appeared in the media. In specific, the way they affect younger women by what they see in images, whether in magazines or elsewhere. Now, Israel has taken proactive steps.  [more]

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