Artist & course information

Bella Kotak is a fine art, fashion, and conceptual artist based in England. Her work celebrates the ethereal state of nature coupled with the femininity, beauty, and strength of women. Bella’s creations are like stepping into a story, fairytale-like land where magic is found in the most ordinary of locations. A place where free spirited, independent, beautiful, strong-hearted characters come to life. Her work has been featured in magazines and newspapers around the world.

Bella’s main inspiration comes from, nature, flowers, the beauty and colors of ever-changing seasons, beautiful muses, pre Raphaelite paintings, Greek nymphs and their stories, royalty in fairytales and ideas of character’s journey in a darker nature driven world.

Pratik Naik - Solstice Retouch is a commercial and editorial retoucher, working with top photographers, ad agencies, brands, networks, the film industry, editors of magazines, art directors, and other facets of the photography world. He has 9 years of experience as a high-end retoucher, and has also been working in Photoshop for over 16 years. 

On the side, Pratik is also a retouching educator, with experience on all levels, from intermediate to advanced high level skill sets. Pratik’s ability to demonstrate and communicate concepts, examples, and techniques is what makes him possible. His work with clients all over the world allows him to effectively communicate the world-standard when it comes to retouching techniques and mindset.

Course information
A journey through the world fine-art photography and high-end retouching, Bella will be showcasing a start to finish look at creating fantasy inspired pieces. Along the way, you’ll be involved in the brainstorming session of shoot production, involved in photographing a concept, as well as completing the vision in Photoshop from compositing, color toning, and high-end retouching. 

Pratik Naik will discuss the entire process and techniques of retouching focusing with great attention upon beauty and commercial retouch. 
He will showcase his techniques and explain the process behind the practicalities of retouching, including the why and when specific retouching methodologies are employed. This practical and thorough series will teach you how to retouch beauty, fashion and commercial shots to make it naturally perfect while not being digitally obvious. 

You will learn everything from redefining lips, sharpening eyes, perfecting the face features, adding and removing makeup, adjusting skin tones and the most challenging hair correction as well as creating the background and elegant lighting adjustments to produce that “high end magazine” output.

This makes for a thorough and complete learning tool. You walk away with the knowledge needed to competently evaluate an image, envision the result in the mind’s eye, plan the process and execute the work needed to achieve the vision.
You will get to watch and follow along with Pratik as he retouches images while having him look over your shoulder ensuring that you are able to follow along. 
You will also get a chance to ask questions along the way. You can also bring your own files and question as we will be saving additional time at the end to ensure your individual questions are answered in case you have ones that relate specifically to your work. 

You will watch and follow Pratik retouch an image while explaining and afterwards get the chance to retouch on your own laptop with Pratik looking over your shoulder.

It is two day course and you will get hands on experience and will without a doubt bring a lot of tools home with you. 

Date - 4. 5th june, 2016
Location - Copenhagen, Denmark


Thank you for at exciting workshop.
It was very educational and definitely worth
spending the hottest day of the year in the company of skilled and professional people.
Bella Kotak’s creative ideas was a big inspiration and Pratiks magic in Photoshop gave me a some new tools to bring home, which is already implemented in my daily workflow. 
It was well organised, great to meet up with fellow colleagues and the level of teaching was high!

I can’t wait until Dennis is arranging the next workshop where I definitely will join! 

— All the best from Christina

Thank you for another awesome workshop!
The high technical level was so inspiring and fantastic.
It's difficult finding good workshops in Denmark with such amazing talents that makes it interesting for skilled photographers.
It's so fantastic that you are able to bring all of these talented people to Denmark

Bella was very inspiring to watch, and as a person, very sympathetic and a good teacher. It was especially interesting to see how she got her business up and running by doing the photography she loves.

Pratik is in a league of his own and very inspiring. Both of the times i've attended his workshops you've arranged in Denmark has been the most educational and inspiring regarding retouch and workflow i've ever attended in Denmark. 

Hats off for everything you are doing for our business! 

— Bjarni