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.


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

  1. Paul Bradley December 15, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    I’ve really enjoyed shooting concert photography. It doesn’t pay well, the risk of damaging your equipment is constant and your totally exhausted at the end. All that said, there is nothing more exhilarating than listing to some totally rocking music and capturing the excitement of the band and the reactions of the crowd. Because of that I would love to have photographed Aerosmith when they where playing the small gigs. Just being able to document the arrival of the band that pretty much played the soundtrack to my 80’s and 90’s would probably be one of the highlights of my career.

  2. linkee40 December 12, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    In thinking of all the historical moments that I would like to go back to, I can think of none more significant and scenically beautiful than the Garden of Eden.
    To have the opportunity to photograph the natural beauty of creation before mankind’s thumbprint was placed upon the earth and to capture all of natures splendor in all it’s perfection
    would result in the most beautiful photos I could possibly imagine.
    Lions laying down with lambs; all of earths creatures living in harmony together with all of mankind’s lush vegetation needs at their disposal; resulting in the essence of beauty and harmony.

  3. HHH December 12, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    I look back thru History at Memorable events in Modern times have been recorded and preverved for postarity. I have one event very personal, that of my wedding. I tend to share that with alot of my brides who are unsure about an event Photographer or Wedding Packages, for the last eight years.
    I asked my High school Sweet heart to marry me being very young and very poor… We had made a very unwise decision to let the Guests take Photos & not hire a Professional Wedding Photographer at the Church to save a large sum. What photos we got were that of very amateur & some immature guests with Cameras. We were unable to capture one the most memorable days in our lives which layed a Foundation to us both Shooting Weddings for Clients. So in Short, My Wedding 19 years ago. I will share this point to share with Brides …”After the Music has died, the Food consumed & the Guests disappeared… The only thing to document the event of your most special day you have dreamed of since you were a little Child is your Photos. Chose your Photographer Wisely ! The Photos will be hanging above the Mantle When you are Old and Grey Together,looking Fondly at how Beautiful you were in your Youth. Heath Plum

  4. jaimietull December 11, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    I would like to go back to Henry the VIII and during the Tudor era and take photos during a ball or banquet.

  5. Hayley Ng December 10, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    The event I would have loved to photograph was when my Grandmother embarked on her journey to independence for the first time in her life at age 70. My Grandmother was married at age 16, lived with my Grandfather and raised three children as a stay-at-home mother until she was 56 years old. Since then, she lived with my parents and became a stay-at-home Grandmother and raised my older brother and I. When I turned 16, she decided that her job at raising all the children around her was completed and that it was time for her to experience being on her own.

    I would have loved to capture the moments and emotions of the day she moved out. I wanted to photograph my brother embracing her like it was the last time he was ever going to see her. The way my mother helped shop for her new furniture and appliances, pack her bags, clean and tidy her new apartment like she was sending off her first child to college. My Father sitting next to the telephone waiting for her to call and ask us to pick her up – that she wanted to come home. The sadness on my brother’s face, the longing in my mother’s soul, and the worry in my father’s eyes.

    But my Grandmother – her 70-year-old face was lit up like a child walking into a candy store. What was she feeling? Was she excited at the prospects of her new found freedom? Was she scared? She must have been – she doesn’t even speak English! But this was her chance, this was her opportunity – it was time. Seeking independence, self-sufficiency, and self-reliance for the very first time in her old age was something she owed to herself. She reminded me that it is never too late to challenge yourself and step into a part of the world you never knew about.

    This is the event I would have photographed.

  6. jonlhung December 10, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    I live in Southeast Michigan. Being close to Detroit, you always think about “what used to be here” and the glory of days past. Instead of wishing to photograph a time in history here, I envision a new, revitalized Detroit moving forward. I envision a future Detroit that plays out in my mind something like this..

    “Autonomous cars have since revolutionized ground transportation and Michigan is at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of not only the vehicles, but the highway and transportation network. The city is full of budding small businesses like independent watch makers and artists. Autonomous vehicles fly by on a network of roads and highways with nary a sound with electric and magnetic power.

    It’s 2032, and Detroit is a completely revitalized city. The car industry is back strong in America and the automative industrial re-revolution is in full force in Detroit.”

  7. kholmesii December 10, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    I would have loved to been at President Kennedy’s assassination, the mystery that surrounds the events of that day in Dallas Texas. There were several photographers on the grassy knoll at Dealey Plaza, and they captured the events of that day as it unfolded. If there was modern cameras being used that day I believe there would be no doubt of what had happened and possibly who some of the shadowy figures are. Possibly someone would have noticed a gun and alerted authorities before he could be assassinated. Until the time machine is invented we will never know.

  8. Lesley Carol Scott Vines December 10, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    I would have to say that the most important moment in history I can think of wanting to photograph would have to be the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the 3rd day after his crucifixion when he freely gave his life for each of us on the cross. I took this image years ago at an Easter service.

  9. JNorcross December 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Imagine following a woman whose language and culture you didn’t share to a place completely unknown. Covering marshland terrain with unfamiliar birds fluttering about and inimaginable swamp creatures lurking beneath the surface. Being the first of your people to witness fireside rituals with painted faces and horses adorned with ornate feather and fur headdresses. Crossing silver snowcapped mountains and not knowing what was on the other side?

    When I think about photographing a historical event the Lewis and Clark expedition comes to mind. Following the explorers, capturing the beauty of the west, the allure and fear of the unknown. The little surprises and curious creatures. Photographing an event gives us an opportunity to share what happened with the people who weren’t there, or a special perspective that resonates with the ones who were. What more incredible event to photograph than a journey into the unknown? Getting to share something new, exciting, and beautiful with the people you return home to.

  10. Kevin December 9, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    July 4th 1776. Signing of the Declaration of Independence. So many of the men, Patriots, that built the foundation that Americans still live today. Our governing body based off a concept that the government would not be stronger than the people it is governing. A important day not in just US history but world history. Many countries have built there government systems around the American Declaration of Independence.

  11. Sandra Burchett December 9, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    I would have loved to have been at William and Kate’s royal wedding. Since I do a lot of weddings, I would have loved to put a more modern twist on their photography.

    Too bad, they never called!!

    I would have said Charles and Diana, but William would look so much better in pics!

  12. christian0530 December 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    I would have liked to photographed Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling. I would have loved been a photographer in the Renaissance age.

  13. Kim Scot December 8, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    I don’t know if I would go back and photograph an “event” but maybe a “period”.I am a sucker for old fashion Victorian era clothing and things of that nature and would love to go back and be able to photograph all that was there, from the clothing to the architecture, to the steamboats and stage coaches. I think that if I took a time machine back with my fancy Nikon D80 (*giggles<fancy lol) I think it would shock a lot of people.

    But just so I say I pick an "event" I would say the First ever Worlds Fair.
    Because not only would I get to photograph all the new and exciting inventions of the time, but I would be able to also photograph my favorite time period. I love this time frame so much that I travel to go to events that have people wearing period costumes!!!

  14. Breanna Ridgeway December 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    I did extensive research on photo journalists covering the Iraq war and countries nearby overseas last year. When the new generation opens a history book in high school most likely they are going to be able to see these images of war, but also of another culture. I feel like media these days are obsessed with the medieval culture whether fact or fiction anywhere from the shows Reign, Tudors, or Game of Thrones. That’s a type of history that I really love, but when you open a book it’s all paintings and type of what happened with early France, England and Scotland. An event in particular that I would of loved to photograph is the War of Three Kings. It was a war between England, Scotland and Ireland. But I’d want to be there to be responsible for representing the people fighting for their kings, not just the royal aspects of the war. I feel like the people who lose their lives in war get overlooked in history sometimes especially when it’s just a painting.

  15. Becky Kempf December 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    I know you usually think of an important or famous event when you hear “historic” but one of the definitions, according to Merriam-Webster, is simply “happening or existing in the past.”

    I wish, wish, wish, I could take pictures of my parents’ wedding in 1954. What was my mother like at 23? I’d capture her excitement as she dressed for the wedding and her interactions with her bridesmaids and her mother…my grandmother. How did they relate to each other? Did they have a special mother/daughter talk? Did they hug? Did they cry? I want to see it, experience it and save it all with my camera.

    I crave the opportunity to eavesdrop and spy and document every single moment of the day. I want to photograph the look in my father’s eyes when he sees his bride walk down the aisle. I want to see my grandparents and great grandparents when they were young and take pictures of them laughing, crying, drinking, dancing…

    I want to photograph this one moment in history…please…

  16. Elizabeth Nord December 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    I moved from Tennessee to Gainesville, Florida in August. After making some new friends in the area, I was introduced to a “secret” abandoned home in the woods. It has no doors, windows, floor, or roof. The entire building is overgrown with gorgeous ivy, leaves, and even a spider web or two. Dying to photograph someone in this newfound spot, I asked a model to come shoot with me. Immediately, she and I were ecstatic to be in such a unique and beautiful area. It is truly like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

    ISO1000, F2.8, 1/200, 50mm lens with no flash

  17. TiffanyC December 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    I would like to have been present to document the events leading up to and the aftermath of the unjust crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of the Christian faith, which is one of the world largest religions. Christian principles help shaped America; the constitution, our justice system, etc. To be there that day to witness and document an event that is still very much a part of so many people’s lives that words are not able to describe, would be indescribable.

  18. Tx2 December 3, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    I would like to go all the way back to 1816 when Nicephore Niepce took the first photograph on a piece of paper coated with silver chloride. I have read that there was no way to keep it permanent and the light needed to see the photo would have ruined the photo. I would have liked to have set up my camera to catch exactly what he took a photo of, just to see what it was. Would be great to see the look on his face when he sees what cameras have evolved into.

  19. Eric December 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    The day my parents met with out this event I would not be here.

  20. Jimmy Arcade December 2, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    If I could somehow be present not be harmed by the after effects, I would have loved to have photographed the initial impact of the Big Bang. It would have been incredible to see and document. I imagine it being like those great photos of volcanoes, but to the nth power!

  21. Karen Vaisman December 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    From what I understand, the photographer present at the Gettysburg address, missed the shot because orators of the day usually spoke for 2 hours. Lincoln delivered this landmark speech in 272 words, and the photographer using less than high speed digital technology of the day missed it and got a blurry shot of Lincoln amongst the crowd because he thought he had 2 hours.

    This historic occasion deserves and incredible shot with the look on Abraham Lincoln’s face as he changed the course of our nation’s history on site at the battlefield amongst the dead, dying, and wounded soldiers. I understand that he felt the full responsibility for our country’s future, as well as the loss of those lives and it was written all over his face. We, as a nation, do not have a proper record of this moment. As a portrait photographer, I WISH I had had the opportunity to capture it for eternity (would have been great to have my 70-200 zoom on my Nikon D4 at the time…we can all dream!)

    Karen Vaisman


  1. Westcott Lighting - Lightapalooza 2013 Illusions Contest #62 Winners Announced - December 17, 2013

    […] For the final Lightapalooza Illusions challenge, we asked participating contestants which event in history they wish they could have photographed. We received a large amount of inspired and imaginative responses, ranging from the Big Bang to the signing of the Gettysburg address. However, it was a response regarding future events that captivated us the most. We would like to congratulate Jon Hung of Ann Arbor, Michigan for winning the 62nd Lightapalooza Illusions challenge. […]

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