Croatia 7 Day Photo Retreat With Pratik Naik
of Solstice Retouch! May 28th - June 4th
· Croatia ·
Crystal clear waters, warm nights, and beautiful old towns is what’s waiting for you in Croatia on this one-of-a-kind 7-day photo retreat. Croatia is a new country with ancient history dating back to the Roman Empire, as Spilt once was the capital of Eastern Rome. We will be spending time jumping around the beautiful islands in the Adriatic coast, exploring medieval towns, and shooting in unique landscapes unlike anything else in Europe. You will also receive hands-on photo training along the way that focuses on landscapes, adventure/travel photography, and environmental portraits in extremely beautiful locations in this jewel of the Mediterranean.
· Overview & Itinerary ·
Imagine being in beautiful Adriatic coast of Croatia with a hand-picked group of like minded creatives to share a space for a week! Where we have the world's most beautiful location around us, and we can learn, unwind, and grow together. A place where you can not only be inspired from friends, but from the environment around us. We'll work together, have fun, explore, shoot, and inspire each other. We usually end up bonding so closely as lifelong friends over the course of those four days, and each experience is unforgettable. We all bring something unique to the table, so this is not just a getaway, but an opportunity to advance ourselves as creatives as well.
This 7 day creative retreat is a chance to not only unwind together, but explore, learn, and tell stories through photography. This is open ended retreat and each day is an open schedule with endless possibilities. We have an itinerary of unbelievable places we have in our back pocket, and we'll take day-trips to, and go wherever we feel inspired to visit. This trip will flow organically and the locations below will give you an idea of what's to come.
You can make what you wish out of this trip, whether it's to learn more about photography from a hands-on approach all the way through the retouching! Or if you're there just to be inspired to grow ideas and unwind, or simply catch up on work in a beautiful location with friends.
During our daily photo adventures that the group picks, we will be exploring around the majestic coast of Croatia. Each day will include photo lessons, photo review, and daily photo goal setting. Together, we will establish new goals designed to help push your ability to capture images and tell stories on this amazing trip.
The focus of this 7-day photo retreat is to explore, learn, and tell stories through photography with hands-on instruction at some of the most beautiful locations in Croatia.
· Daily Itinerary ·
· Day 1: Arrival at Split Airport with rest of the group & lunch in Split before ferry ride & check in at the Airbnb. Goal setting day one for learning expectations.
· Day 2: Landscape shooting around the island of Brac focusing on The Golden Horn, City of Bol & south coast. Ending the day with a sunset shooting at the Golden Horn beach & dinner at Ranc.
· Day 3: Lighting/Shooting & editing tutorial lead by Bella Kotak & Pratik Naik focusing on stepping up your images with lighting an editing. Group lunch & dinner at our villa with classic Croatia cooking.
· Day 4: Day trip to Krka national Park & Omis Vally with drones. Max Chesnut will be showing you how to level up your drone photography. Lunch will be in the town of Skradin and dinner will be with a killer view at Dvor in Split.
· Day 5: Expedition day out to the Blue cave & city of Hvar via boat! This is a day of fun and adventure filled with beautiful stops, lunch in Hvar, & plenty of time to go for a swim.
· Day 6: Last full day is where we put everything we learned to the test with a Model shoot & adventure around the Island of Brac. Family style dinner & show and tell of our favorite images from the trip!
· Day 7: Final day will start with a sunrise start on the west coast of Brac before packing up and heading to the Split Airport to say goodbye.
· The Trip ·
· Host and Instructor ·
Max is a professional photographer who specializes in adventure lifestyle and travel photography, with 6 years of experience shooting all over the world. His goal is to encourage and inspire others to follow their passions every day through photos, stories, and travel, which is why he created this workshop — to provide all three to his students.
He got his start at 18 while living in Japan, working at a small fashion magazine. He later moved on to learn under famous photographer Chase Jarvis (founder of CreativeLive). Now Max is a full-time photographer based out of Seattle. And fun fact — he absolutely loves elephants!
· Host and Instructor ·
Pratik is a high end retoucher and owner of the Solstice Retouch, a retouching boutique agency. He is based out of the United States, specializing in commercial and editorial work.
With over 10 years of experience in the field, he is also an educator and speaker! Pratik really enjoys bringing the community together and collectively, he enjoys helping people achieve their potential in the industry! Whether it’s through connecting creatives, educating them, or working for photographers as a retoucher.
· Host and Instructor ·
Bella Kotak is a fine art, fashion and portrait photographer based in Oxford and London, England. An art lover from a young age she always knew that she would work within the creative industry. Photography changed her life when she picked up a camera and from that moment she was hooked by this medium that translates thoughts and imagination into tangible form.
Inspired by fairytales, nature and strong feminine characters Bella's pictures lift the veil of the overlooked and reminds us that there's magic in the most ordinary of spaces.
Bella work closely with all her clients, bringing on board her creative vision, high quality execution, and a can do attitude!
She is an ambassador for Phase One, SmugMug, Canson Paper, and Vanguard.
Her work has been featured in exhibitions in New York, London, and Paris.
· The Space ·
Here is our beautiful space, and the heart of the trip. Where we'll be living together and sharing many laughs and memories! Situated comfortably on the island of Brac, which is located off the coast of Split, Croatia, this is where we'll start and end our days. This 6 bedroom villa has the creature comforts to make it the perfect place for this retreat! As rooms have 2 beds, you'll be sharing a room with another attendee, but will have your own bed. We'll be interviewing each person ahead of time to ensure we pick the right people to mesh with the group! We always make sure our retreats are the best experiences for everyone.
Dates: May 28th - June 4th
7- DAY SALE COST: $1900 USD (Locking in a spot requires payed in full)
Spots: 2 spots left
The Eastern Roman empire city of Split
Island hopping around Brac, Hvar, & Korcula
The Golden Horn archipelago
Blue Lagoon Ocean View
Cliff diving around the Islands
National park tours
City of Dubrovnik - Featured in GOT
Plus super secret locations!
7 nights twin share Airbnb accommodation. - You'll be sharing the room with a roommate of the same sex.
Transportation in two 4x4s for the duration of the tour.
1-on-1 photo & editing mentoring, focusing on personal shooting goals.
Learn how to shoot Landscapes, Sunrise, Sunsets, Night scapes, Lifestyle and Portraits.
Landscape, Lifestyle, and Portrait editing tutorial.
Lightroom, Photoshop, and workflow tutorial.
Relaxing last day on the coast and last night dinner.
Flights to Split, Croatia
Meals (Besides last lunch at the villa)
Other goods and drinks
· Booking ·
If you’re interested in joining us, fill out the form below and tell us why you’re looking forward to being a part of this trip! We’ll be reaching out directly as we want to make sure that we have a diverse group of people joining us for the benefit of the experience of the group. Also, we want to give people enough time to enter so everyone has a fair chance as we currently have more interest than space. I really looking forward to hearing from you!
· Frequently asked Questions ·
What level of photographic skills do I need?
"This workshop and photo tour are open to all skills from beginners all the way to the pros as long as long as you have a love of photography and a willingness to go out and learn every day."
How do I get to Split, Croatia?
”Split is the second largest city in Croatia so flights in will be to SPU, where we will pick you up.”
What camera gear do I need to bring?
"The minimum you will need is a camera DSLR/mirrorless, one Lens, Tripod, and Laptop for daily group edit sessions. Also recommended to bring an ND filter and wide angle lens for beautiful Landscapes."
What do I need to pack?
The weather in Croatia will be warm but pack reasonably for colder nights as well as a swim suit as we have a pool and hot tub! Shorts, hiking boots, comfy clothes are definitely recommended.
What is the weather like?
We will be arriving in Croatia right when summer is hitting full swing, so warm weather cloths, but the nights can get a bit chilly so make sure to have long pants and a light jacket.
Will there be the opportunity to do other activities?
Of course. We do have a packed 7-day itinerary to maximise your time on the trip but we do recommend you arrive before and stay after so you can experience more of Croatia on your own, and we will provide advice and recommendations on fun things to do that we might have missed.