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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!

Fairy-Tale Like Surreal Photos By Joel Robinson

About a year ago, we featured the work of Joel Robinson here. He continually pushes himself to produce better work each time we see more. Here are a new set of conceptual photos that will hopefully command your attention and interest. The mood of his work is always surreal. Although these photos aren’t a cohesive series, each of them seem to tell their own stories.  [more]

Cape Times Photoshops Famous Moments In Time Into Self Portraits

Self portraits are everywhere! Facebook, Instagram, you name it. The Cape Times newspaper in South Africa took important moments in time and turned them into self portraits. Modified through the power of Photoshop, they were able to make them quite realistic. The entire purpose was to tell readers “how they get their stories straight from the horse’s mouth via a first-hand accounts.”  [more]

The Photographs That Inspired Norman Rockwell’s Paintings

It’s always wonderful seeing the world of painting and photography come together. Norman Rockwell is an iconic painter that depicted the everyday American life in a unique way. Recently, the Norman Rockwell Museum showcased some of the images that served as an inspiration for his paintings.  [more]

National Geographic: Best Space Pictures of 2012

It’s that time again, where we wrap up the year and reflect back on some of the best pictures of the year. National Geographic released the editor’s picks of the best space pictures. We can’t help but look in awe and appreciate the images as well as the vastness of space itself.  [more]

Colorization Of Black And White Photos Of Historical Icons

Black and white or color? Some photos look better in one or the other. In the past, it wasn’t much of a choice. With modern tools, we can re-envision what some of the photos would have looked like in color. We posted this series in the past that started quite a discussion. We found some more amazing black and white photos of icons of the past that were colorized. [more]

What Google’s Predictive Text Says About Photographers And Models

Google’s predictive text can be a funny thing, especially with some of the suggestions it gives you. It seems to be partly based upon what other people may search for in relation to the specific keywords that you enter. I decided to see what would come up if we entered a few phrases regarding photographers such as ‘Why do photographers…’. The results were hilarious and kind of sad!  [more]

Book: Quavondo’s Photography Lighting Techniques with Images and Light Set-Ups

From lifestyle to celebrities, Quavondo is a photographer that has a wide range of talent. He has a great ability to shoot many genres and do exceedingly well at it. Even prior to meeting him, everyone who knew of him would ask him how he would light his subjects, no matter what he shot. It seemed so effortless in execution but very appealing as an end result. Recently, he released a book with these answers.  [more]

Ted Talk – Professional Model Cameron Russell Asks, Why Be A Model?

As a part of a recent TED series, ‘Be Fearless‘, Cameron Russell, who has been a professional model and walked for some of the biggest names in fashion, advises young women everywhere not to look at modeling as a viable career path. In such bold claims, she gives a look into the fashion industry from the viewpoint of a model.  [more]

#NoFilter – Behind The Lens With Instagram’s Biggest Stars

Have you ever wondered who the people are behind some of Instagram’s biggest profiles? With the way it’s setup, you see their work first but you don’t get to know too much about who they are. Some of the users on Instagram have tremendous followings. What drives them to shoot and who are they? Here are some great interviews about them and their work.   [more]

Disney Princesses Meet High Fashion For Harrods In London

Harrods, the popular department store in London, had an idea for the holiday season. They took some popular Disney princesses and brought them to life by adorning them in beautiful dresses designed by some of best designers in the world. The result is a beautiful campaign shot by photographer Jason Ell[more]

Photographer, Chase Jarvis, Talks About New Models Of Creativity

The path to success changes based on who you ask. There is no one path that gets you where you want to be. As creatives, we keep defining that path daily. Chase Jarvis recently talked at the PSFK seminar and he spoke about the new models of creativity. He argues that the traditional system is broken and most people who have ‘made it’ have done so through a-typical methods.  [more]

What Photoshop Tutorials Would Look Like If They Were Made By Sesame Street

A mix of hilarious and slightly educational, ‘Fafa’s Photoshop Tutorial’ is what you would get if you mixed fuzzy puppets, Photoshop, and humor. I’m glad they don’t run all the tutorials, they would be all over the place and no one would actually learn too much. For the sake of light hearted Photoshop fun, enjoy.   [more]

An Endearing Photo Series That Captures The Loving Personality Of Dogs

Animal lovers alike will appreciate this recent photo series by photographer Gerrard Charles Gethings. He has a great ability in being able to portray a dog’s emotions. As a dog lover myself, it was definitely heart warming to see some of their loving faces portrayed so beautifully. Last year Charles also released a book called Dogonomics on this topic.  [more]

V Magazine Photographs The Human Barbie, Valeria Lukyanova

Many of you may might have already heard of her and she’s been unofficially labeled as the ‘human doll’. Recently, she’s even become a bit of an internet sensation. Meet Valeria Lukyanova. Though she’s not unfamiliar to most, V Magazine decided to run a feature on her, shot by photographer, Sebastian Faena.  [more]

The Athlete Machine: Red Bull Combines Extreme Sports With A Rube Goldberg

Red Bull has become synonymous with energy drinks and extreme sports. They’ve especially made a name for themselves in the extreme sports arena. They always seem to ‘up the ante’ when it comes to exciting feats. This time, they’ve taken a collection of great athletes and puts them into a contraption that keeps you entertained. They call it, Red Bull Kluge. [more]

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