Contest #33: Win a uLite Green Screen Lighting Kit (a $300 Value)

uLite Green Screen Photo Lighting Kit - by Westcott IllusionsThe Challenge

We are looking for a “Hair” photo.  Hair can sometimes be a difficult obstacle to work with, but we want it to be the focus of this contest.  We want to see fun hair, wild hair, beautiful hair.  Make it the dominant part of the photo and you could end up winning this week’s prizes!

The Prize

Our Prize will be a $300 uLite Green Screen Photo Lighting Kit, as well as a Golden Ticket to win the $15,000 Grand Prize.

The Inspiration

Hair can sometimes be a difficult thing to work around in an image, this week our Top Pro Matt Hernandez shows us how to extract hair easily when creating a composite image.


26 Responses to Contest #33: Win a uLite Green Screen Lighting Kit (a $300 Value)

  1. melissa3339 July 12, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    This is my husband. He had just woken up and I was trying out some new lights. I wanted to backlight his hair. He was a good sport about it. I used a Canon 5d Mark III with a 135mm L f/2 lens at f/4, ISO 500, 1/40 sec.

  2. Kim Alexander July 11, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    This image was shot during a session for HotTools.
    Shot with a Canon 5d, Strobes/Softbox

  3. Jim Tincher July 9, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    I shot this with a Nikon D7000 and a Nikon 24-70, ISO 100, 1/160 @ f/5.6. Light source was a gridded beauty dish.

    This shoot was an impromptu event as my model for that evening didn’t show but my young cousin had come in from out of town. We played around in the studio and this is one of those shots that just happened by accident.

  4. Johnna "Speaks" Photography July 8, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    This was a behind the scenes shot with a model and a MUA/model. Shot with a Canon 7D and a 50mm.

  5. awwstin July 8, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    This was shot with a Canon 50mm 1.8 on a Canon 40D using 2 speedlights. The key / fill was a 43″ Westcott umbrella located right above the camera. The hair / back light was a small softbox located just above the model and camera left. This photo was taken for a friend of mine who owns a pin-up style hair salon.

  6. Kevin July 8, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Hair spray, Conditioner, and Shampoo. Taken for our friend of ours for her Hair and Makeup portfolio. Taking the personalization out by covering the eyes, and adding a grunge overlay to give more of a dimensional look.
    Camera Canon XSi, ISO 200, F/5.6 @ 1/160th
    Key light was behind and to the right and fill light was Front left.
    Using 2 Strobelite Plus and Apollo Strip as Key and Apollo 28″ as fill.

  7. David O'Connell July 3, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Huge hair by Britton Goro. This hairstyle was done a project and used in a runway show. We had no access to a studio so this photo was taken in the parking lot just outside the the show. it was lit with to 2 speedlites, one through a 45″ umbrella as a key and a bare speedlite as a rim.

  8. Jerry Hughes July 3, 2013 at 2:02 am #

    The whole theme of this shoot was hair! My model has this gorgeous flowing hair and I wanted to feature it in a portrait shoot I was doing for her.

    I shot this with a Nikon D7000 f/3.5 1/200 ISO 125 using a Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 lens. For lighting I used two speed lights. The rear light was the key and was zoomed without a modifier at her hair at twice the power of the fill light in front of the subject where the light was modified with a shoot through umbrella.

    I found the book she was holding at a thrift store. Cost me $3 and is 150 years old. All in all this project shows that good results can be achieved with simple equipment, imagination and a beautiful model.

  9. Anna Esposito July 2, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    I used Canon 6d with 24-105mm lens 1/250 sec at f/4.0 ISO 100, focal point of 65mm. I love old photos and i love to shoot vintage look.

  10. Jimmy Arcade July 2, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    A subject’s hair can help tell a story, convey an emotion, or creatively frame a face. In this shot, I wanted my subject (who also happens to be my beautiful beloved wife) to come across as mysterious and confident, because that truly does tell a story about her personality. Shot with a Canon 6D w/ 24-105mm L lens, aperture of f/5.6, focal length at 40mm, for 1/60 sec.

  11. amandavalena July 1, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    This is a self portrait taken in my bath tub and processed in elements.

  12. FabianaBeatriz July 1, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    I have such a fun time working with athletes and water! For this one, I had two lights behind the subject and one in front of her, camera right. Every girl likes to flip her hair, right?

    Canon 5D mark III, 70-200 L, f/9, 1/200

  13. bobwoodfin July 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    My granddaughter saw a picture I had done previously of a model where her hair was flying out to the side and asked me to do the same with her. Of course, it was a little different but the effect was actually a little better,
    The shot is take with my D700, 70-200mm lens at 95mm focal length. The aperture was set to 2.8 and the shutter speed at 1/320. It was in my sunroom against a black background using natural light with a little fill from a Westcott 52″ reflector on the right front side.

  14. Breanna Ridgeway June 29, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    Back Stage to a local concert. Little Girls feeling like they are living the rock star dream.
    1/400 at 5.3

  15. MiriamG99 June 29, 2013 at 1:43 am #

    My model had super long braids. Rather than just take photos with her hair hanging down, I asked her to hold it up and to just play with her hair.

    Nikon D300
    85mm Lens

  16. jfalsken June 28, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    I Photograph for free several Non-Profit Service Dog Schools in my area. As a 100% Disabled Veteran this gives me the chance to do what I love, which is Photography. It is set up to create a record of all graduated Service Dogs, provide I.D. Photos, and help the Disabled. The rewards are for the heart only, since there is no payment involved.

    Camera: Nikon D-700 Lens: Nikon 24-70 mm f/2.8 Flash: 3-Alien Bee b-400
    Settings: 1/250 sec. @ f/22 ISO: 400
    Radio Popper JRx triggers for flash
    Lighting consisted of main, fill and one over-head boom.

    Oh and yes, that is a working Certified Service Dog! (All 4 Paws Service Dog Training)

  17. Sandra Burchett June 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    I shot this little lady against my white painted wall, with two strobes lighting the background, and one westcott orb as the main light, and a westcott reflector opposite the main light. I got out my husband’s shop vac and had alot of fun with her hair. She had such great, fine, hair, that it was a piece of cake to get it to really blow!

  18. tonypardi June 28, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    Im still a noob at this… i shot the bride w/ a canon 24-105 lens @ f4.5, focal length at 85
    exposure @ 1/160

    i used natural light and used a white translucent reflector behind the bride

    wen into photoshop, straightened out the pic, did my editing and added my logo
    hope you guys like, CC is appreciated as well :-)

  19. Jennifer June 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    This seniors hair is so beautiful and I wanted it to be a big part of the image. One big problem was the fly away hairs. Shot in studio with 2 soft boxes on seamless white.

  20. mdt19711 June 27, 2013 at 1:40 am #

    This was a Boudoir shoot. We were taking a break and as we were talking, she looked up at me and I took the picture. This is what came out of it. Her hair just flowed off the couch and looked so pretty. This picture ended up on the wall of a gallery showing I had images in. I love it!

  21. Karen Vaisman June 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Hair is often a way to make a personal statement. Heather wanted folks to notice her.
    Here is my interpretation and I hope you agree, it would be quite difficult to walk by her on the street without a double take!


    Karen Vaisman

  22. Maria June 24, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    This is from a set I did with one of my seniors. She had an awesome homecoming dress, and I wanted an urban grunge look for part of her session, so we shot in a parking garage. I used a bare Nikon SB-600 speedlight, but because the ambient light was so dim her eyes were a bit dilated, giving her a more deeply mysterious expression. Her gorgeous blonde curls only added to the mood. Shot with a Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens at 70mm, f/3.2, 1/60s, ISO 800, ambient light mixed with bare flash.

  23. Remy Roy June 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    it was a fun night ,just playing around with my 50” Westcott umbrella

  24. spectaclephoto June 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    Hair with background composite.


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