Contest #31: Win The Ice Light (a $600 Value)

The Ice Light - by Westcott Pro LightingThe Challenge

This week’s photo contest is to create a “window light portrait”.  Jen Rozenbaum demonstrates window light in the video below, so use some of the techniques mentioned and you could end up winning this weeks prize, along with the chance at the $15,000 grand prize

The Prize

This weeks prize is the Ice Light, which was recently awarded a HOT ONE AWARD by Professional Photographer Magazine for the Continuous Light category!  Along with the Ice Light, you will be presented with a Golden Ticket, which enters you into the year end raffle to win $15,000 in Westcott gear!

The Inspiration

Our Top Pro photographer Jen Rozenbaum uses the Ice Light to balance out window light in this boudoir photography session.  The Ice Light provides an adjustable daylight balanced color temperature, that can balance window light beautifully.


45 Responses to Contest #31: Win The Ice Light (a $600 Value)

  1. David g Haddon July 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    Simple set up, I shot this in our bedroom window facing southwest early afternoon with a gold reflector to bounce some of the light.
    ISO 100

  2. Danea Burleson June 28, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    My studio is natural light with the occasional use of fill on low light days. In this shot my beautiful client was about 5 feet from the window on her right with a large round white reflector to her front left.

    I am often asked how I get these natural laugh shots so… I get the client in position and tell her to give me a big fake open mouth laugh and then I demo it. I tell her that when I count to three I want her to do the same thing but to not throw her head back because I don’t want to see up her nostrils nor do we want a big double chin. I ask her to try and keep her chin pulled forward and out. As soon as she does the big ridiculous laugh, she will give a genuine “that felt ridiculous” laugh and THAT is what you want to capture. This is the only time during a session that I rapid fire the shutter. Oh and sometimes we repeat this 2-3 times. :)

  3. E Mi Di June 27, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    This was taken for an impromptu make-up/model test session. We were going for the damsel in distress noir feel. This was lit with only the incandescent porch light and what was coming thru the window.
    85mm f1.8 @1.8
    1/80 of a sec

  4. herbalife June 27, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    I shot this portrait of my brother for a family photo session. I positioned him on the edge of the bed, turn his head toward the window for a 2/3 view then took the shot. I shot this with my 5D Mark II, at 1600 iso, f5.0 at 1/80 sec. I’ve converted it b/w with some skin smoothing. That’s it.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    Marlon Cornwell

  5. MiriamG99 June 27, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    I took this photo of my friend next to a window with sheer curtains. My friend is a recent breast cancer survivor. In her battle with cancer she found inspiration in the strength and bravery her grandson had during his battle with cancer. She holds a book of her grandson in memory of him.

  6. Aaron Mangiapane June 27, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    This was a quick shot of my son while during one of the few moments he sits still. He was just gazing out of the window, not really focusing on anything in particular. The only light is the window light.

    Canon 7d
    Sigma 24-70mm
    A window

    ISO 400

  7. Nader Abushhab June 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    My friend Michelle Tea and I love getting together for impromptu shoots. On this day, I wanted to capture the beautiful light that comes through my third floor window during sunset. It’s a beautiful light that has inspired me to use it again and again.

    Nikon D7000
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D @ f/2.8
    ISO 200

  8. Kevin June 27, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    for their wedding they asked for a “Couples Boudoir” photoshoot. This was taken the morning after. Arched window in hotel room.

  9. cfrailey June 27, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    This beautiful bride walked over to the window and just stopped to look out at the view. I brought my camera up and just fired away. I love the natural light on her. Captured with a Canon 5DM2, 50mm, 1/4000, 1.8, ISO 800

  10. Sandra Burchett June 26, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    We were on a family reunion trip, and I convinced one of my nieces to recreate a famous painting with me. I was trying to get a version of “The girl with the pearl earring”. No, the colors aren’t exactly the same as the famous painting, but we had to work with what we had! This was taken with window light in our rented vacation home. A black blanket served as the background, and the earring was borrowed from my sister.

    I did a photoshop adjustment to make it look a bit more like a painting. I think it’s a pretty good rendition of the painting.

  11. JaySine June 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    This shot of Kristi Marie was taken using only the natural light coming in through the window.
    I knew I wanted to shoot this in black and white to give the picture a sense of purity that
    would radiate off of her skin. To compensate for the lack of light on her back the picture
    was taken at 1/40th exposure and f/4 ISO-400 using a Canon T2i in hand at 28mm focal length.

  12. Karen Vaisman June 26, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    An ice light would be my dream lighting gear as I’m on location a lot! I used a softbox camera left and a speedlight streaming in the window to make this effect of window light on this dreamy bathroom scene. Shot with Nikon D4, this is a composite image where the woman was photoshopped into the bathroom scene and photoshopped effects of light streaming in, in post. Combining actual window light and additional light carefully positioned gave me the best of both worlds.

    Karen Vaisman

  13. Simply-Boudoir June 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    Camera: Nikon D700
    Lens: 85mm f.1.8

    F-stop – 1.8
    Exposure – 1/8000 sec.
    ISO – 720
    Lighting – Natural

    This photo is one of a set to reflect classy and sexy boudoir. We shot in a room with the sun coming up and coming through the windows directly onto the subject – reflecting the window in front of her to both the side and behind her to give a more dramatic feel.

  14. James June 25, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    Sometimes things go wrong for a reason!

    I was having a huge issue with the wireless trigger for my lights and I didn’t want to lose my model’s interest by wrestling with my gear so I moved my apollos out of my front room – err, studio, and opened up the blinds. The model’s boyfriend sat on my couch and worked the reflector. :)

    Two windows in an L shape: One large bay window camera left and then a smaller one behind the camera. Reflector underneath the model.

    I shot for the rest of the session without strobes and was very happy with the results.

    Canon 5D II, white reflector
    ISO 200

  15. Rebecca Nash June 25, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    This is one of my fave window light images!

  16. Allen Adams June 25, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    We had the amazing opportunity to shoot some bridal portraits at a local plantation house recently and it had this gorgeous room in it with tons of light pouring in the windows.
    I love the reflection in the polished white marble floor.
    It was shot with a Sony A77, 16-50mm lens at 16mm f/2.8, 1/60th sec. at ISO 400. No flash or lighting of any kind added to the window light.

  17. bridgetsharp June 25, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    This is a shot from a wedding this past weekend. The bride was doing final preparations for her 1st look with her groom. I love that you can see the hairspray in the air. I love the light from the window, but it would have been nice to use the “Ice Light” to light up the bride’s face and body. Instead, I had to use Lightroom for the under exposed side and the highlights.
    Canon 7d
    24-70mm 2.8
    iso 1600
    shutter 1/250

  18. Joanna Bach June 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    This was taken at one of my first boudoir shoots. The equipment I was using here was a Canon 50d and 30mm lens at 2.5. My technique here was to use the large window to the left and utilize a very old and beautiful antique chair as somewhat of a prop. I just love the styling, the look, and the pose of this image. To date, it’s one of my favourites. I also use a lot of film in my work and love that the ice light is a “what you see is what you get” type tool. I’ve never been much of a strobe person and sold mine. Also tried a small video light and didn’t like it. Now I work with natural light only. However, the Ice Light is something I would find very useful in my work and especially in my film work where I need to see where the light is falling before I hit the shutter. Can’t delete film!

  19. David O'Connell June 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    This photo is titled Local Bar. I’ve been trying to change my photography focus for people to products and still life. For this shot I wanted to recreate the atmosphere of a bar someone would frequently attend. With $18 in hand I bought the peanuts, glasses, wood, bowl, and beer. I setup in my loft and back lit the scene with our north facing window. I used piece of white foam core to eliminate the reflection on the top of the beer and shot this at f/22 for .8 on a tripod.

  20. drack June 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Natural light was streaming into my living room. I set up a tripod and a Nikon D7000, f4.2, 38mm, 1/2.5s and tripped the remote, capturing this self-portrait. An Ice Light would help me do this anywhere!

  21. spectaclephoto June 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Shot this inside a dark church room while the groom waited for his guests to enter.

  22. gots2seeit June 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Grabbed a few shots of my eldest daughter with soft northern window light. The Ice Light would come in handy for doing candid portraits like this. Canon 40d, 50mm 1.8.

  23. Frozen8950 June 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    I shot this picture of the wedding this weekend. I placed the bride directly in front of the window and used the natural light from the window to wrap around her face to show detail as she had her makeup applied. I used only natural light in this shot and it was shot at f5.6 1/125 at 1250iso. I over exposed so the detail in the window was lost and created a nice glow on the bride.

  24. bruce June 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    Pretty simple for a crazy day. A friend was getting married in Paris, and she wanted me to shoot the wedding. When she said, “I’m seven months pregnant”, I was onboard! She was married in a small Château and this was taken in the overcast morning. Tri-X pushed to 1600 in a Holga, so f8 was pushing it! No fill, no bounce, just the glow of my friend getting married. Although a little Ice woulda been nice!

  25. Tara Talalas June 25, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Baby was not a happy guy so I just moved him into the window light and bounced it with a white poster board to soften shadows so that the flash wouldn’t wake him. I used lightroom to just correct color (no time for custom balance) and to add a soft dark vignette.
    Canon T3i & 50mm kit lens. – it’s what you do with what you got

  26. Maryanne Teng Hogarth June 25, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    My client looks like she was born 700 years too late (in a good way) so I decided to make a portrait of her that resembles a classic Renaissance painting. Her newborn son slept like a champ.

    I took this using window light and one reflector, my Canon 5D with a 50mm 1.4 lens at f/2.8 1/100 sec ISO 800.

  27. Chantel Simpson June 24, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

    This is a window lit photo I took this year. I would like to improve it with the inclusion of the ice light to improve the shadow side of the image! I am impressed with the capabilities of the ice light and would love to add it to my photographic tool chest!

  28. aurelio June 24, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    I shoot this photo in a Nik Petrikis Workshop, in Dallas, Texas. He was demonstrating the Ice Light. I immediately fall in love with this light and I really dream winning my Ice Light in this contest.

  29. Klaus June 24, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    This photo worked just perfectly. My daughter just got her hair done and wanted a picture of her new “doo.” This was shot using my Canon 5d Mark II, Canon 50mm F1.6 at 100 ISO, 1/2500. The light from the window gave her that fused glow a photographer dreams of. An Ice Light would be handy for the others times the sun doesn’t feel like cooperating so nicely.

  30. Christine Stanley Trotta June 24, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    This was my first boudoir session. My client had amazing natural light in her gorgeous bathroom. We started our session in there to tell the story of her getting ready and waiting for her man.

    Shot with Nikon D800, 35mm, F 2.8, 1/1000, iso 800

  31. Anna Maria Keenan June 24, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    I was outside using the clients hot tub to take this shot, all natural light. This was taken for my client to send to her Husband who is a fisherman in Alaska.

  32. moiraq June 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    This was taken with natural light only, shooting through a lace curtain to create a romantic feel.

    Nikon D7000

    28mm, f4, 1/40sec, iso 400

  33. avitalphoto June 24, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    This photograph was shot with the natural light coming in from the windows at camera left and a large reflector to camera right. The reflector only gave a hint of fill. I tried hard to have the subject engage her eyes and shoulder with the camera for a sincere yet piercing look, quite confrontational.
    Canon 50D ef 15-55 lens
    ISO 400
    f2.8 @ 1/50 sec

  34. StephanieM June 24, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    The best thing about my job is when clients send me e-mails like this- “I’m someone who suffers from some serious body image problems. Monday, that seemed to all “lift” and it was one of the most empowering things I’ve ever done. You are indeed providing women with not only beautiful pictures, but an experience that can change your life!”

    This client was part of a before & after transformation marathon. We used a window in a hotel lobby for this shot, and loved the reflection- we used reflectors but the Ice Light would have been great for extra fill!! She cried when she got her images- and that makes my heart happy 😉

    Nikon D700
    50mm 1.4 lens

    1/400 sec; f/2.0; ISO 200
    Natural light with one white reflector

  35. Daphne Chan June 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    This client wanted to wow her boyfriend with beautiful boudoir photos on their anniversary.

    When her photoshoot was almost done she climbed up onto the window sill of the studio. I stood facing her with 2 reflectors on each side of my camera. It would have been great to add light to her face with the Ice Light.

    Nikon D3S
    28-75mm 2.8 lens

    ISO 400
    Natural light with 2 reflectors

  36. Caitlyn Bom June 24, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Shot with my 5DmII and 50mm f/1.4 at f/2.2, 1/125 second. Also using a very large white reflector to get some of the light back on her. I had my client hop up on a built in table near the window to do some shots. It occurred to me that her favorite asset happened to be her tush, and with this lighting I just KNEW it would be perfect.

  37. knharrisphoto83 June 24, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Shot solely done with window light/natural light. I originally shot this in black and white because the shadows and light on his body looked amazing.

    Shot with a Nikon D5000 f/3.5 – 1/400 – ISO 1250 and a (18-55 mm)

  38. knharrisphoto83 June 24, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    This shot was solely done with window light/natural light. I originally shot this in black and white because the shadows and light on his body looked amazing. I also had to push up the ISO a bit, but that is about it.
    Shot with a Nikon D5000 f/3.5 – 1/400 – ISO 1250 with a kit lens(18-55 mm)

  39. opeaks June 24, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    The absolutely cool part about this photo was that I shot this with Jen Rozenbaum at the After Dark Education seminar in St Louis this past April. We were in a conference room at the hotel and were able to get a bed and everything in there to be able to shoot boudoir. I would love an icelight to be able to capture more dramatic lighting and be able to capture photos in darker settings.

    Canon 5D Mark III
    Canon 50mm (prime) 1.2

    ISO 100
    All natural light filtering in through the window.

  40. Rebecka June 23, 2013 at 4:41 am #

    Waiting for our food in a cafe in Paris. Shot with a Canon S110 f2.8, 1/200th and ISO 80. This shot looked way better in black and white than it did in color so i decided to submit this version. Hope you like it because I’d sure like an ICE Light!

  41. Kenny Chan June 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    Shot this self-portrait in my living room using high afternoon sun diffused through warm wood shades. (18mm. f5. iso 400. on a 1sec exposure)

  42. Sean June 21, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    This portrait was taken as the morning light was casting some interesting colors into the hotel room we were staying in. 1/250th f3.5 ISO 1600 at 18mm were the settings on my Canon 60D.

  43. Debi Partney Adams June 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    I was trying to get a soft old “Hollywood” look. I used a small LED light I purchased at a hardware store. In this shot, the light worked , somewhat… In others shots, I received a garish purple or the light was uneven and not filtered. I have dreamed of having an Ice Stick because of its consistent filtered light. It would have been my perfect light “assistant”
    Nikon D700
    AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G 85mm


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