Quavondo + Solstice Retouch: Photography Lighting and Retouching Workshop, Day 2
As we sat there in the hot windowless conference room, I could feel the heat and the mugginess trying to attach itself to my skin. Amazingly the 15 photographers and retouchers who packed themselves into the dark room for our photography lighting and retouching workshop were intently listening to Pratik give detailed step by step explanation of the current technique at hand. The contours of their faces were lit by the glow from the projection on the wall. Am I the only one feeling this heat I wondered? Or are they oblivious to the heat because they’re so into the course?
The moment that I was waiting for was about to happen, the moment when Pratik pulls the rabbit out of the hat, the moment when the light bulbs over everyone’s heads go on. I patiently waited. Pratik had chained himself to his computer desk at home for months trying to discover a better method for retouching skin. After the countless hours and a year of perfecting it, the hard work had paid off. He did it. He had found the magic recipe. Instead of spending 3-4 hours editing on an image, he’s now able to do it under an hour. How is that possible? I doubted it…until he sat down with me to show me first hand. I was speechless but I had a grin from ear to ear. I knew what this meant.
The Retouching Reveal
After hours and hours of sharing the industry’s most secretive retouching techniques, Pratik was about to reveal his own. Like a kid on Christmas Eve, I was getting impatient. I wanted to see the reaction on everyone’s faces, the same one that I had last night…and there it is! =)
“Totally worth the price of admission!” exclaimed an attendee. The smiles were all around. They could see how this was going to change the way they work, elevate their photography and retouching careers to the next level, and change their lives.
“Wow! I would have paid $1500 for this.”
Another photographer was on his phone texting his wife, giddy with excitement. “She’s my retoucher” he explains, “she should have been here to see this. This is going to blow her mind!”
The buzz was in the air. For a brief second, everyone forgot about their sore butts, aching backs, and the oven we’ve been slow cooking in for the past 6 hours.
Thanks to the Pilot Photography Lighting and Retouching Workshop Attendees
Pratik and I have been talking about doing a photography lighting and retouching workshop together and giving back to the community for quite some time now, but with our busy schedules getting together was difficult given that I’m in Portland and he’s in Houston. To make things a little easier, I invited him to Portland. Portland was to be our guinea pig. We offered the classes at a discounted rate (lucky them!) since this was a trial run to get people’s reactions, feedback, and just simply iron out any wrinkles.
I don’t think I could have scripted it any better. Our test subjects were wonderful to be around. They brought their passion and desire to learn, their enthusiasm was unmatchable, and their gratitude at the end was very much appreciated.