Contests

Contest #62: Win a Green Screen Software Bundle (a $100 Value!)

The Challenge

For this Illusions challenge, we were inspired by the use of the PhotoKey software during event photo shoots. We would like to hear which event in history you wish to have photographed. Event photography is, in many cases, being sure to be in the right place at the right time. We haven’t quite invented the time-machine yet, but if we had, what historical event would you be present for? The most creative and inspired response will win!

 PK5-Lite-CollageThe Prize

The winning contestant of this week’s Illusions contest will be receiving the Photo Green Screen Software Bundle. This kitincludes the PhotoKey Lite software with 200 digital backdrops, a 5’ x 7’ green screen backdrop, and backdrop wall hooks.

This winner will also be receiving a Lightapalooza 2013 Golden Ticket, which enters contestants into the year-end drawing for the Lightapalooza grand prize! This is our last round of photo contests, and thus your last shot at winning a coveted Golden Ticket! Good luck!

 

The Inspiration

Westcott’s PhotoKey software utilizes mass-photo batching, auto-exporting, and simple backdrop importing for quick and seamless photo edits. These tools are essential for events and on-location photographers, as illustrated in this PhotoKey video.

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Contest #63: Win an X-Drop Backdrop Kit (a $120 Value!)

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The Challenge

In this Lightapalooza Basics photo contest, we are asking to see a portrait of your most beautiful subject. This can be a portrait of a gorgeous model, your lovely spouse, a beloved family member, your darling child, or even a cherished pet! We want to see how you best capture your favorite subject.

The Prize

The winning participant in this Basics photo contest will receive a Westcott X-Drop Backdrop Kit. These backdrops kits are an essential tool for on-location and in-studio portraiture with easy assembly and light-weight travel.

This week’s Basics winner will also be receiving a Lightapalooza 2013 Golden Ticket, which enters contestants into the year-end drawing for the Lightapalooza grand prize. This is our last round of photo contests, and thus your last shot at winning a coveted Golden Ticket! Good luck!

The Inspiration

In this inspirational video, boudoir photographer and Westcott Top Pro Jen Rozenbaum walks viewers step-by-step through an intimate photo shoot illustrating the best communication practices between model and photographer. Jen suggests simple talking points and directional techniques to ensure both client and photographer are comfortable and relaxed throughout the shoot.

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Contest #64: Win a 7-foot Parabolic Umbrella (a $120 Value!)

7' White Diffusion Parabolic Umbrella - by Westcott Pro Lighting

The Challenge

For this Lightapalooza photo contest, we would like you to submit your best image with an amazing background. Pulling inspiration from the gorgeous Las Vegas desert scene in the Top Pro video below, we would like to see what amazing locations you have photographed.

The Prize

The photographer who shows us the most breath-taking location will receive a Westcott 7-foot Parabolic Umbrella, which is utilized in Zach and Jody Grey’s video below. These umbrellas are essential for diffusing harsh sunlight in outdoor settings.

This Pro winner will also be receiving a Lightapalooza 2013 Golden Ticket, which enters contestants into the year-end drawing for the Lightapalooza grand prize! This is our last round of photo contests, and thus your last shot at winning a coveted Golden Ticket! Good luck!

The Inspiration

Westcott Top Pro Elite couple Zach and Jody Gray are recognized for their innovative wedding portraits and educational photography workshops. In this Westcott video, Zach and Jody demonstrate key lighting set-ups in outdoor fashion photography with the use of the Westcott 7’ Parabolic Umbrella.

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Real Deal Review: Bob and Dawn Davis 45″ Halo Kit (A $168 Value!)

The next Westcott product up for the “Real Deal Review” is the Bob and Dawn Davis 45-inch Halo Kit. You can have one of these fantastic Westcott kits sent to you—to use and abuse—in exchange for your video Real Deal Review. In addition to the Halo Kit featured below, the lucky photographer chosen will also receive a Golden Ticket entry for the Lightapalooza 2013 Grand Prize drawing!  Good Luck!

Bob and Dawn Davis 45″ Halo Kit

Bob and Dawn Davis 45" Halo Kit

SKU: 2027 | Retail value: $167.80
  • Built on an umbrella frame
  • Ideal for on-location
  • No adapter ring required
  • Sets up in seconds
  • 140-degree light spread

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Here is what we’re looking for in a Real Deal Review…

  • You are interested in photography or videography. You can be an enthusiast all the way up to a professional.
  • You’re not afraid to try new products and test them out in a variety of ways.
  • You don’t mind filming yourself talking about the product and what you truly thought about it.
  • You love FREE products. That’s right, you’re going to keep the product you reviewed!
  • Someone who would be excited to win $15,000 in Westcott Gear. You will receive a coveted Golden Ticket for your help, too!

 

If you want a chance to review the newest Westcott gear, apply below.

Be a Reviewer!

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Contest #59: Win a 7′ Black/White Parabolic & Tripod Desk (A $180 Value!)

Pro Studio Supply

This week’s Prize has been sponsored by:
Pro Studio Supply

The Challenge

Inspired by the PhotoKey software uses envisioned below, we would like you to submit your most interesting photograph of an “event”. This can be any sort of event: a wedding, a birthday, a solar eclipse, etc.

 The Prize

This week’s Illusions challenge winner will be receiving a Westcott 7′ White/Black Diffusion Parabolic Umbrella and a TriPad mobile, tripod-mounted laptop desk.

The winning photographer will also win one of the 200 Lightapalooza Golden Tickets. This ticket will enter him or her into the year-end drawing for a $15,000 Westcott shopping spree, a meet-and-shoot with a Westcott Top Pro, and more!

The Inspiration

Watch how Top Pro Matt Hernandez uses Photo Key software to improve his senior portraits.  With the power of green screen, Matt is able to get a selection of backgrounds, and put his seniors on a background of their choice!  The opportunities are endless with PhotoKey software.

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Contest #60: Win a Westcott 28″ Medium Apollo and More (A $170 Value)

Pro Studio Supply

This week’s Prize has been sponsored by:
Pro Studio Supply

The Challenge

For this photo challenge, we would like to see your most emotional image. Erik Valind offers great advice for capturing an emotional photograph in the inspirational video below. Submissions can be any photograph incorporating any feeling: joy, grief, anger, love, etc. Be sure to include the short story behind your shot!

The Prize

This week’s Basics photo challenge winner will be receiving a 28” Medium Apollo a DigiCard Card Reader, and a copy of the book, “Photographic Lighting: Essential Skills”, by John Child and Mark Galer courtesy of Pro Studio Supply.

The winning photographer will also win one of the 200 Lightapalooza Golden Tickets. This ticket will enter him or her into the year-end drawing for a $15,000 Westcott shopping spree, a meet-and-shoot with a Westcott Top Pro, and more!

The Inspiration

In this week’s Basics inspirational video, Westcott Top Pro Erik Valind offers some tips on adding emotion and character to your portraits. By giving your models backstories, or even offering the thought of a personal experience, you can sense more emotion in your shots.

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Contest #61: Win a Westcott Rapid Box Octa and More (a $215 Value!)

Pro Studio Supply

This week’s Prize has been sponsored by:
Pro Studio Supply

The Challenge

For this week’s Westcott Pro challenge, watch the inspirational video below and submit your best image with shadows. Shadows add depth and dimension to photographs. Without shadows, images can appear flat and washed out. We know you have some great images, so let’s see them!

The Prize

This week’s Pro challenge winner will receive the 26” Rapid Box Octa and a SteadePod camera steadier!

The winning photographer will also win one of the 200 Lightapalooza Golden Tickets. This ticket will enter him or her into the year-end drawing for a $15,000 Westcott shopping spree, a meet-and-shoot with a Westcott Top Pro, and more!

The Inspiration

Westcott Top Pro Elite Rick Sammon advises viewers on adding depth and dimension to portraits with the use of the Westcott Rapid Box in this week’s inspirational video.

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Real Deal Review: The Rapid Box 26″ Octa Speedlite Kit (a $200 value)

Photographer Benny M. from Long Island, NY had the chance to review the Rapid Box Kit for us. See what he liked, disliked, as well as some photos taken using the Rapid Box Kit in his “Real Deal Review” featured below!

 

The Rapid Box 26″ Octa Speedlite Kit

Westcott 16" x 30" Apollo Strip

SKU: 2035 | Retail value: $199.90
  • Robust and Durable
  • Quick Setup and Teardown
  • Sleek & compact 1-light Solution
  • Soft, even lighting
  • Fully adjustable cold shoe mounting bracket
  • Round catch light in eyes simulates sunlight
  • Included portable beauty dish/deflector plate
  • NOTE: Fits most industry standard speedlites, except Sony models

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Here is what we’re looking for in a Real Deal Review…

  • You are interested in photography or videography. You can be an enthusiast all the way up to a professional.
  • You’re not afraid to try new products and test them out in a variety of ways.
  • You don’t mind filming yourself talking about the product and what you truly thought about it.
  • You love FREE products. That’s right, you’re going to keep the product you reviewed!
  • Someone who would be excited to win $15,000 in Westcott Gear. You will receive a coveted Golden Ticket for your help, too!

 

If you want a chance to review the newest Westcott gear, apply below.

Be a Reviewer!

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Contest #57: Win a LensProToGo Gift Package ($75 Giftcard + More!)

LensProToGoThis week’s Prize has been
sponsored by: LensProToGo

The Challenge

Taking inspiration from Erik Valind’s professional quick tip, submit your best photo presentation of contrast. We want to see lights versus darks, complimentary colors, and any other form of creative contrast you come up with.

 

The Prize

The winner of our 57th contest will receive a LensProToGo Gift Pack including a $75 gift card, lens cloth, discount cards and a LPTG tee shirt. They will also be receiving a Lightapalooza 2013 Golden Ticket, which will enter him or her into the year-end drawing for a $15,000 Westcott shopping spree, prize packages from the Lightapalooza sponsors, and a personal Westcott Top Pro workshop.

This week, we’re also gifting a runner-up. The second place contestant will receive a $25 LensPro ToGo gift card, lens cloth, and discount card!

 

The Inspiration

Westcott Top Pro Elite Erik Valind educates photographers with a quick suggestion on contrasting between model and backdrop. A bright tee shirt serves as a subtle and yet effective way to distinguish a subject from a neutral backdrops in this contest’s video inspiration.

 

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Contest #56: Win a LensProToGo Gift Package ($75 Giftcard + More!)

LensProToGoThis week’s Prize has been
sponsored by: LensProToGo

The Challenge

PhotoKey 6 incorporates specific color balancing tools to ensure consistent color throughout the editing process. Taking inspiration from the PhotoKey tutorial below, submit your best colorful photograph.

 

The Prize

The winner of our 56th contest will receive a LensProToGo Gift Pack including a $75 gift card, lens cloth, discount cards and a LPTG tee shirt. They will also be receiving a Lightapalooza 2013 Golden Ticket, which will enter him or her into the year-end drawing for a $15,000 Westcott shopping spree, prize packages from the Lightapalooza sponsors, and a personal Westcott Top Pro workshop.

This week, we’re also gifting a runner-up. The second place contestant will receive a LensPro ToGo bag, lens grip band, lens cloth and discount cards!

 

The Inspiration

Westcott Illusions’ PhotoKey comes standard with various color profile and color editing tools to enable easy, professional appearing green screen effects. The inspirational video below briefly discusses the abundance of options for professional color editing through PhotoKey.

 

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Grand Prize Sponsors:

Adobe - One Year Creative Cloud Click in Moms - Lifetime membership - $195 Lens Pro to Go - $500 Gift Card NAPP - Annual Subscription, PSW Passes, Educational Materials Super Digital City - Ice Light - $600 Henry\'s Photo Video Digital - $500 Gift Card SanDisk - $500 Prize ThinkTank Photo - $415 Airport Security™ V 2.0 Rolling Camera Bag Prize

Weekly Prize Sponsors:

Erin Manning Photography Cardinal Camera - 4 Prizes Hernan Rodriquez - Signed Book Joe Farace - Educational Books Pro Studio - 4 Prizes Super Digital City - 3 Prizes Midwest Photo Exchange MCP Actions