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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!

Samsara Is The Most Beautiful Movie That You Can’t Afford To Miss

This movie appeals to every photographer due to the stunning visuals. Shot entirely on 70mm film, Samsara is a movie that spans twenty five countries and took five years to make. Not only does it encompass the grand scope of humanity, the visuals are simply mesmerizing. Be sure to watch this trailer in HD and full screen to experience the full effect.

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Vogue’s 120th Anniversary Is Adorned With The Most Influential Talent Under 45

In celebration of Vogue’s 120 year anniversary, this year’s September issue is adorned with stars. They decided to do this fashion spread with some of the most influential industry talent of the moment, ranging from designers to models and everything in between. The photographer, Norman Jean Roy, was the mastermind behind the shots. We even have a behind the scenes video to go along with the photos.  [more]

Did Victoria’s Secret ‘Over-Photoshop’ This Image?

Victoria’s Secret has been in the news quite a bit for pushing Photoshop too far. Yesterday, on their Facebook page, they promoted their ‘Body by Victoria’ line and uploaded this image (within the article) to go along with it. Immediately, the public reacted in outrage about how they were pushing Photoshop too far and it eclipsed the discussion of the product itself. What are your thoughts, Did they abuse Photoshop again or is it natural? Before deciding, check out these reasons why they may not be in the wrong this time.  [more]

Photos Of Martin Scorsese Working On Set Over The Years

Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Gangs of New York, and The Departed are just some of the most beloved movies of our time. I guess that depends on who you ask. However, we can agree that Martin Scorsese is an influential director that has been responsible for many successful films over the years. Here is a set of photos that show him on set, and how much he’s changed over the years! They really illustrate a lot about his personality as well.  [more]

From 10 To 60 Years Old: These Models Are The Same Person

Fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin had this tremendously popular spread in Vogue Paris a few years ago showing how makeup, lighting, photography, styling, and post can drastically change the appearance of a person. In her 20′s, model Eniko Mihalik, was shot to depict what she would look like through the decades. With the help of the stylist Carine Roitfeld and make-up by Lisa Butler, they completely transformed her in this editorial. How do you think they did? [more]

What Unretouched Photos From Victoria Secret Look Like

Victoria Secret, the company famous for selling underwear, lingerie, and overall sex appeal, is also notable for their amazing models. By the time you see the images from their catalog or campaigns, they are always retouched. Do you ever wonder what the shots look like before retouching? Here are a set of unretouched photos of V.S. Angel, Doutzen Kroes, from a recent shoot.  [more]

Social Experiment – What It Feels Like To Be A Freelancer

As photographers, many of us work on a freelance type basis. Though this is geared toward other freelance artists, ‘Don’t Get Screwed Over’ came up with a social experiment where people could experience what it would feel like to be a freelancer. People who passed by the table had an opportunity to make $5 based on drawing something simple that what was requested of them. [more]

Rarely Seen Photos Of Albert Einstein In Casual Environments

Most everyone knows Albert Einstein by now. After all, he did develop the theory of relativity, among other achievements. This Nobel Prize winner did a lot for the world of science as a whole. Most of the shots you usually see of him are rather serious and repetitive. Here are some shots of him in casual settings. Though the shots themselves aren’t necessarily amazing, they give us a look into his life that we wouldn’t see much of otherwise. We begin to wonder what he was like away from his life in science.  [more]

Beneath The Diaper: A Hilarious BTS Interpretation Of Anne Geddes

By now, we have all heard of Anne Geddes, the photographer famous for capturing moments of babies dressed up in various outfits, posed on beautiful sets. The World instantly fell in love with her. No matter how difficult the job, she always makes it look easy. Have you ever wondered how she gets the shot and makes everything look so effortless? We finally get to see what it takes to make it in the baby photography arena.  [more]

Gunther Holtorf Takes A 23 Year Long Road Trip And Documents The Journey

What started as an 18 month long tour of Africa, ended up lasting 23 year long but wonderful years. With his modest demeanor, we’re finally hearing about his amazing journey across the World. He drove in a Mercedes Benz G Wagon and now has over 500,000 miles tacked on. The vehicle has traveled the equivalent of 20 times around the planet and the best part is that he took his cameras along with him! Gunther travels with 2 film cameras, including a Leica M6.  [more]

The ‘Ugly’ Modeling Agency – The Agency For Atypical Models

Featured on National Geographic’s show ‘Taboo’, this modeling agency is unique in the sense that it doesn’t represent people you would normally think of as ‘models’. They represent people who specifically have interesting features about them, that make them stand out in a unique way. Amazon Eve, the world’s tallest female model, is one example. The word ‘Ugly’, according to the owner, was used because it’s a powerful word and not for the intention of disrespecting the talent. [more]

A Timelapse View Of Earth At Night From The International Space Station

The timelapse videos we see from NASA get better and better. This time, Knate Myers took photographs taken from the International Space Station and put them together to make this beautiful time lapse video. “Every frame in this video is a photograph taken from the International Space Station.”  [more]

The ‘Missing’ Arm On The Cover Of Vogue Russia: Photoshop Or Angle?

The August cover of Vogue Russia has a small issue that people have been talking about. They have been questioning whether or not it was another Photoshop mishap or just a matter of angle? The beautiful model, Natasha Poly, graces this cover and we can assure you she has all her limbs intact. We’d like to know your thoughts on whether or not this is just a matter of angle, or if the missing arm was definitely an oversight.  [more]

The Process Of How These Grass Portraits Were Made Through Photosynthesis

Back in may, we posted this story about portraits made of grass created with photosynthesis. Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey of  Ackroyd & Harvey were behind this idea and we now have a video that showcases how this process is done. The technique and end result is a beautiful mix of art and photography.
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Shawn Van Daele Turns The Drawings By Children With Health Conditions Into Photographs

We can learn so much from children, they tend to have a different outlook on life. This is what Shawn has learned on his recent venture. He has begun a project called The Drawing Hope Project where he uses the drawings by children with health conditions and creates realistic photographs based on those drawings. The process takes 10-12 hours for a final product from start to finish. It is truly inspiring! [more]

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