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Pratik Naik

solsticeretouch

Owner of retouching studio www.solsticeretouch.com. Photographer. Creator of @infinitecolorpanel, the color grading PS panel! Retouching educator at

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DNA of Retouching

If you had to title the next piece, what would you call it?

DNA of Retouching is the collection of every brush stroke from start to finish of the retouching process. They come together to show the DNA of the artist.

My goal is to print these in a gallery one day. Would you check them out in a gallery if you could?

Swipe to see details! 
#dnaofretouching #postprocessing #postproduction #photoshopart #digitalartworks
Here's a BTS I took from our Dubai Creative Experience class. After the success of our Creative Experience event in Dubai and Sweden, we've decide to bring this epic event state side in LA!

It's going to be for either 2 or 5 days (you choose), from Oct 2nd to the 6th, filled to the brim of so much collective education, information, inspiration, and with some of the best gear and team you could get your hands on. It's not a workshop, it's not a seminar, it's a hands-on immerse experience that brings together 5 creatives, @bellakotak @houseofbelluso and I.

It will span everything from business, marketing, inspiration, shooting, lighting, retouching, hands-on thinking, directing, and becoming the best you possible.

Are you intruiged yet?

You must really check it out to get the full scope of it. Go to www.thecreativeexperience.net to see the entire schedule, the photos, the videos and more!

The 5 day event is just for 8 people and one has already been taken.

Photographer: Bella Kotak
Post production: Bella & Pratik Naik
Models: Renata
Hair & Makeup Artist: Lina Dahlberg
Lighting: Andrea Belluso
Studio: Hot Cold Studios, Dubai

S T Y L I N G
Dress by Joanne Fleming Design
Crown by MonarqueJewels

Shot with @phaseonephoto IQ3 100 MP Trichromatic
Lights: @profotoglobal 
Edited with: @captureonepro & Adobe Photoshop

#fashionphotography #studiophotography #studiosetup #profotoglobal #profoto #btsphotography #losangelesmodel #losangelesphotographer #losangelesphotography
DNA of Retouching 
I've been sharing these every so often. I've made another one that came out really great. 
DNA of Retouching is the collection of every brush stroke from start to finish of the retouching process. They come together to show the DNA of the artist.

My goal is to print these in a gallery one day. Would you check them out in a gallery if you could?

Swipe to see details! 
#dnaofretouching #postprocessing #postproduction #photoshopart #digitalartworks
Would anyone like free retouching? Please read all of this before commenting. This past year I've put my hands into many things, including education, @infinitecolorpanel community development, photography, and work abroad. It means I only have a few clients, and cannot manage or take on any more. You can read about the recent shift I made in the industry and how my time is allocated here: www.retouchist.net/personal/growth.

So why are you doing this?

With client work, there are always deadlines and I make sure to retouch the images to meet them.

However, retouching is still a beautiful obsessive passion and I love doing it. I hope you can see it in my work. There are times in my current schedule where I may be busy, but I still want to retouch something beautiful that isn't my own photography. As you've seen with my schedule, I do a lot but retouching isn't in every part of it. Because of which, I'd like to have a pool of images to fall back on, so that I may retouch them in my own spare time, without the constraint of deadlines or promises.

How can I get free retouching?

Please post below if you're interested in having me retouch your work for free. In time, I will reach out to a few of you.

But you must agree to the following:

1. I would like to work together on the premise of not having any deadlines, or the promise of even getting a chance to work on them.

2. I would like to share the before/after of the work I do with them. This will help educate people on what solid retouching looks like. I may also record a video showing the process for YouTube.

3. Flexibility: I will do revisions as needed, but you give me permission to share the work if I spend time on it, even if it's different than what you would have done.

4. If this works for you, post below! I will be in touch with people over time. I won't get a chance to work with everyone. This offer doesn't expire with age. If you see this post up, I will keep checking the comments. I will be sharing the work I do on social media as well so you will get all my traffic flow your way too.

5. Do NOT send me a direct message. Just post below.
I had the opportunity to visit the amazing Kirkjufell free-standing mountain in Iceland with a bunch of friends. We went there on a day where the skies looked ominous and it made it all the better. I’m so used to seeing photos of it in either the dead of winter, or with a beautiful sky, but not as frequently in this scene.

I stitched quite a few shots together and in the end, the final piece if 15000 x 10000 (approximately). I hope I find a reason to print this massive one day. Send me a note if you'd like to buy a print.

I did some color grading and tonal contrast with @infinitecolorpanel and Infinite black and white.

#icelandtravel #icelandscape #iceland_photography #landscape_hunter #landscaper #kirkjufell #kirkjufellsfoss #kirkjufellmountain #kirkjufellfoss #foss #whatthefoss
Don't Flyaway

Here's some recent portrait photography work with @anya_anti!

Anya is a retoucher and a photographer. Her speciality, to me, lies in her imagination and implementation of it!

We went out to Nelson, Nevada during WPPI 
on an event @flickr and @smugmug put together. During this trip, Anya was gracious enough to model for me and she had the best outfit to compliment the scene!

You can check out the writeup and more images from our experience here as well as some before/afters!

Link: http://retouchist.net/

Color grading with the @infinitecolorpanel 
#portraits #postprocessing  #postproduction #portrait_mood #portrait_shots #portrait_page #highendretouching
Hi everyone! Meet my lovely other half @bellakotak. I took this portrait of her in Oxford when we were on a little date. I'm so proud of where she's come and I'm really proud of where she's going. Every day I see how how creative and talented she is in areas I would have never even considered before. She has helped me see the world in a different light when I've needed clarity like a brand new Profoto modifier.

In excited to share our future together and even more excited about everything we're doing together in this creative field.

Thank you all for supporting us, it means a lot and I see it!

I hope you too find your own brand new Profoto modifier one day 😅

#portraitphotography #ledphotography #bokehphotography #infinitecolorpanel #captureonepro #colorgrading #postprocessing #highendretouching #portrait_mood #portrait_shot #portraitpage
At the end of the month, I'll be teaching in Nigeria🇳🇬! I'll be in Lagos shooting and retouching at @thenowcollectivescom conference! Are any of you there or would like to join us?

I'm so passionate about this because I was born in Africa and am so exited to give back to my birth place. There's so much talent there and I can't wait to see it.

See you soon Lagos! 🇳🇬 Thank you for having me and to my friends Olu and Segun for bringing me in.

Portrait by the wonderful @mrceee
I have a serious passion for black and white imagery, especially when you have a photo this good to work with. Here’s some new retouching for photographer Narita Savoor @naritasavoorphoto.

Model, the amazing Chloe Bell @chloesbells of @jadoremodelsmcr
Makeup and styling by the talented Lydia Ward-Smith @lydiawsmakeup

#portraitphotography #postprocessing #postproduction #highendretouching #highendretoucher #blackandwhitephotography #bwphotooftheday 
#infinitecolorpanel #captureonepro #portrait_mood #portrait_shot #portraitpage
Fire and Eyes

Here's another one of my favorite shots of our shoot with the wonderful @laila_bastet!

She came all the way from Italy to shoot with me in Oxford the other day. I was truly taken back by how incredible this in itself was, that someone loved my work that much. I loved her look, truly an incredible model who knew how to emote at a drop of a hat. I was so impressed with her delicate expressions and overall vibe. I wanted to emulate a painterly look with this set. She was up for anything and really came through! Would you like to see more?

Processed in @captureonepro and color graded with @infinitecolorpanel. Shot with the @canonusa EOS R.

#portraitphotography #ledphotography #bokehphotography #infinitecolorpanel #captureonepro #colorgrading #postprocessing #highendretouching #portrait_mood #portrait_shot #portraitpage
Fire and Eyes

Here's one of my favorite shots of our shoot with the wonderful @laila_bastet!

She came all the way from Italy to shoot with me in Oxford the other day. I was truly taken back by how incredible this in itself was, that someone loved my work that much. I loved her look, truly an incredible model who knew how to emote at a drop of a hat. I was so impressed with her delicate expressions and overall vibe. I wanted to emulate a painterly look with this set. She was up for anything and really came through! Would you like to see more?

Processed in @captureonepro and color graded with @infinitecolorpanel. Shot with the @canonusa EOS R.

#portraitphotography #ledphotography #bokehphotography #infinitecolorpanel #captureonepro #colorgrading #postprocessing #highendretouching #portrait_mood #portrait_shot #portraitpage
Fire and Eyes (Swipe for a detail crop)

@laila_bastet came all the way from Italy to shoot with me in Oxford the other day. I was truly taken back by how incredible this in itself was, that someone loved my work that much. I loved her look, truly an incredible model who knew how to emote at a drop of a hat. I was so impressed with her delicate expressions and overall vibe. I wanted to emulate a painterly look with this set. She was up for anything and really came through! Would you like to see more?

Processed in @captureonepro and color graded with @infinitecolorpanel. Shot with the @canonusa EOS R.

#portraitphotography #ledphotography #bokehphotography #infinitecolorpanel #captureonepro #colorgrading #postprocessing #highendretouching #portrait_mood #portrait_shot #portraitpage

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