Editing & Retouching Secrets with Pratik Naik
Episode 75: Pratik Naik
In Episode 75 of the Portrait System Podcast, Nikki Closser welcomes one of Sue Bryce Education’s featured instructors, the very talented Pratik Naik. In this episode, Pratik talks about his early interest in art and how he was sparked to pursue retouching by a desire to set new standards for beautiful photo editing. Be sure to listen to the whole podcast to hear which Photoshop tools are his go-to’s and the ones he recommends you master. As well, he’ll share his tips for what makes a photo look beautifully done and what constitutes going too far in retouching. You also won’t want to miss his advice for finding a retoucher you love to work with who can consistently produce a standard of quality you love to share with your clients.
In this blog, you’ll find some of Pratik’s gorgeous work, links to his web presence, and his inspiring and wise answers to some bonus questions.
Get to Know Pratik Naik
Q: Everyone has a favorite shoot – tell us about yours and why it’s your favorite.
A: I think the shoot I got to retouch for Sue at Portrait Masters where she revealed them on stage was one of my favorites. Being able to see just how much these portraits meant for people live was incredible. I felt so proud being a part of that moment!
Q: Do you regret any decisions you have made in your business?
A: I’ve had things I wish I would have done differently, but it’s important to not regret it. We can use those moments as educational points in our life to become better. Regret does nothing more than make us feel negative towards something that ultimately is a positive experience in the long run.
Q: How did you push past fear when building your business?
A: Belief in yourself has to be a requirement – being able to fall back in knowing what you’re capable of when you’re met with fear. Also reminding yourself that being fearful is often temporary, and once you start pushing through it, it becomes easier. Get used to being uncomfortable. It becomes easier to tackle this feeling once you test yourself regularly.
Q: Most artists have a point in their life when they knew this was meant for them. Do you have that moment?
A: When people began showing me just how interested they were in retouching was the moment I knew this was my calling. It spiraled into what it is today, and this was roughly 10 years ago when it all started building up to what it is today! It became a continual wild ride that I am happy to be a part of!
Q: What does the Sue Bryce Education community mean to you?
A: The community has become part of my identity! My biggest passion in life is being able to help people better their lives. My second biggest passion is retouching and creating. Merging those worlds together and seeing just how much people have changed their lives through their improved skillsets has made me truly happy!
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