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When A Photoshopper Gets Put Through Photoshop

by Casey Cosley
featured, photo & video, Photoshop Week

Pratik Naik has been photoshopped before and the internet just won’t leave him alone (nor should they). It started with the photo below, hit Photoshop and buddy, it’s only gotten worse better.

Photo by John Schnell

Here’s a copy & paste from Pratik’s own blog regarding how it all went down.

(Read his full blog post here)

“You see, my friend John Schell (and world-renown photographer) who was kind enough to spend some time with my superstar gf Bella Kotak and myself (some schmuck) on our trip out to LA. He proposed the idea of going to Venice for sunset. I was stoked! I’d never been but I wanted to check it out like a tourist. They wanted to photograph each other and just hang out on the beach! I got to play the part of assistant, behind the scenes photographer, and resident creepy tourist. I mean, who wears jeans on a beach? This hipster, that’s who.

As Bella’s boyfriend (a.k.a. holder of things) I wore her hat and kept a watchful eye on the rest of their belongings. John looked over mid-shoot and saw the humor in the moment and decided to steal a snap. In stride, he asked me to pose so I looked away longingly.  Such a gaze to make even Bella jealous of the sun.



Something felt really wrong at the moment. I knew that sneaky hipster was up to no good. His dastardly good looks swayed me to do it anyway.

Eventually, he posted the photo on my Facebook wall. I thought the worst thing that would happen would be everyone asking why I have a Canon strap with a Sony camera! A true photographic sin. I am surprised I wasn’t banished to the shadow-realm because of it to be honest.

If you don’t know me, I am a photo retoucher. I push pixels for a living and live my life in Photoshop. Likewise, my circle of friends are pretty well versed in Photoshop and they’re also pretty damn funny. 

I almost face-palmed so fast that I almost knocked myself out. I figured it would just get lost in the sea of posts.”

And so it began.

Dave Kavanagh

Dave Kavanagh

Chris Knight

Chris Knight

Stuart Kortekaas

Stuart Kortekaas

Zohar Ralt

Zohar Ralt

Alaxandra Cameron



Alaxandra Cameron

Jacob Rosenvinge

Jacob Rosenvinge

(View the rest of the images here and here

Even as I’m typing this I’m wiping away the tears trying to keep my laughter contained. But guys.

It happened again. 

In NYC, I met up with Pratik at CreativeLive’s Photo Week and snagged a quick portrait.

Pratik Naik

and again, it quickly devolved.

Danh T Phan

Danh T Phan

Rudy Bonifaz

Rudy Bonifaz

Robert Jewett

Robert Jewett

Robert Jewett

Chris Lambeth

Chris Lambeth

Chris Davis

Chris Davis

(Find the rest of this round here)

Look. Guys. I don’t want it to end. Do you want it to end? Of course you don’t.

Pratik is coming back again for Photoshop Week 2017 and to get everyone nice and excited he has, and I want to make this very clear, given his thumbs up for you, yes you, to go absolutely nuts on another portrait of him.



However, I can’t just give you one photo to pick from, so here are 5 new images hot off the presses.

Post your results below, tag a friend to join in, but most of all have fun.


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Casey Cosley

As a Seattle-based photographer, I incorporate the culture and style of the city into the sense and attitude of my work. I deliver a stunning and vibrant body of work for my clients, and am available for commercial & editorial travel and/or location photo assignments worldwide. Check out my work on Instagram.