Contest #35: Win a Medium Apollo Softbox & T-Shirt (a $130 Value!)

28" Recessed Medium Apollo - by Westcott Pro LightingThe Challenge

This week’s photo contest is to submit a portrait with a SINGLE LIGHT SOURCE.  Top Pro Elite Jerry Ghionis uses a single Ice Light to create elegant wedding portraits 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 Good Luck!

The Prize

This weeks prize for the best Single Light Portrait will be a Medium Apollo Softbox and a Westcott T-shirt.  Along with these prizes, you will be presented with a Golden Ticket, which enters you into the year end raffle and a 1 in 200 shot to win $15,000 in Westcott gear!

The Inspiration

Top Pro Elite Jerry Ghionis uses a single Ice Light to create elegant wedding portraits in the video below.  Jerry Ghionis has won Wedding Photographer of the year and Wedding Album of the year seven times!


46 Responses to Contest #35: Win a Medium Apollo Softbox & T-Shirt (a $130 Value!)

  1. Jimmy Arcade July 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    This shot was originally intended to be a nod to a good friend of mine who introduced me to the writings of Charles Bukowski. It was shot on a Canon 6D, w/ 24-105mm lens. I rigged a reading lamp, but putting a t-shirt over the lamp shade and angling the lamp shade at about a 45 degree angle.

  2. Jim Tincher July 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    Nikon D7000
    Nikon 50 mm 1.8
    Gridded Beauty Dish
    f/8 125 sec.

    This is my cousin, a model didn’t show for a shoot and we were just clowning around when I grabbed this shot. She was singing at the time.

  3. Brooks July 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    This was shot in a dark hallway at a wedding with a 24″x36″ softbox. I knocked out all the ambient light so that my softbox was the only light present in the shot. I feathered it onto the subject to get the nice wrap around and also to keep any light from flooding onto the background. Enjoy!

  4. theephotoninja July 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    Canon 7D
    Tamron 17-50mm Lens
    Manual, ISO 800, 1/25 Sec at f5.6
    Off-camera Canon 580EX-II Speedlite with a small shoot-through umbrella

    I was with some friends on a rooftop on a breezy night when a moment of magic happened.

  5. blackbeltrebel July 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    This is a picture of my granddaughter. I used a single Canon 580EX II with Pocket Wizards to get this shot. The camera was a Canon 5D Mark II, EF24-70 f/2.8L USM and a Westcott 24″ umbrella. Settings were ISO 160, f6.3, 1/200.

  6. icedlatte July 25, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    I’ve only recently got involved in professional photography, but this is a photo I took in 2007 that I’ve always loved. It’s a self portrait shot taken with using one light source, an ipod. I was using a Fujifilm point and shoot which I’ve long since upgraded, twice.

  7. mattfryer July 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    Take at a recent wedding in North Devon at Tunnels Beaches. No direction for the couple just a simple moment caught forever. SIngle speedlight camera right and high triggered but Phottix Odin’s.
    Other than a little light post pro work to remove a couple of dust spots and level up the horizon, it’s pretty much SOOC..

  8. Amy Sammons White July 25, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    from a mommy-to-be shoot recently at a local creek. it was about 7pm and the sun was reflecting off of the water going over the dam just out of the shot. the sun was my only light source. shot with a canon T4i & EF-S 18-55 lens.

  9. Slava Ivanov July 24, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

    Happy birthday!
    The photo taken with SONY NEX-5; f4.5 1/50sec ISO1600

  10. Kuria July 24, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    This is a picture of my friend Carolyn in the pool with a picture of the stars overlaid on the water. The sun was my single light source.

  11. Nick Nieto July 24, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    This is a photo of my wife – we were doing a project about her growing up overseas and the different sterotypes about woman and customs.

    One single light in a softbox camera right close to the subject to soften the effect.

  12. Ryan Monroe July 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Was testing some lighting with this one. It has always made me thirsty.

    I used a wesctott double fold shoot through on camera right and slightly behind bottle. I placed a folded ( long ways ) sheet of paper ( 8.5 x 11) opposite the umbrella ( cross light ) for some fill.

    Nikon d300s
    nikon 50mm 1.4g @1.4
    iso 200
    olympus fl-36 @ 1/16 power

  13. Ryan Monroe July 24, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    In this shot i used a westcott double fold shoot through umbrella on camera left set about 10 feet from subject. Set camera to aperture priority and dialed in -1 2/3 underexposure and set the timer. I then would would walk over with my son and jump out of way at last second.

    Nikon d300s
    nikon 50mm 1.4g @1.4 iso 200
    1/50 shutter
    olympus fl-36 @1/8

  14. schuenke July 22, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    Single speedlight in a beauty dish from camera left. 1/200 sec at f/7.1.

  15. Sean July 21, 2013 at 1:29 am #

    I took this shot a ways into the forest up a trail towards a little, lost lake. The light used is an ICE Light and it is awesome for portraits like this. It’s super light and easy to pack and makes for some cool options in the outdoors. I used a Canon 60d and 18-200mm lens. Focal length 130mm, ISO 400, 1/30th, f5.6.

  16. Digital93 July 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    This picture was taken with only one light, with a Nikon D300, ISO 320, f 7.1, and 20mm focal length. We take this in a park in Mexico! great model, great city!

  17. Greg Avant July 20, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    Father and Mother of the bride. Photographed with a Fuji S5 at iso 100 f5.6 using large Wescott Ed Pierce 54″ halo.

  18. Matthew Warzecha July 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    The picture was taken on Sabrina’s 1st birthday as she was playing with her birthday balloons… She was laughing the whole time and as soon as we pointed the camera at her, she struck an intrigued pose and we captured this beautiful moment…

    The one light used in this photograph is actually pure window light… Sabrina was positioned right beside the window and turned a little inward so the light would wrap around her face more…
    Equipment used was Canon 5D MarkII with the 24-70mm MarkI lens… Settings were set at f5.6 and 1/80 shutter… When shooting any moving baby, we tend to give ourselves a little bit of a larger aperture so everything is somewhat in focus… the slower shutter speed allowed us to utilize the sun + ambient…

  19. David Lee July 19, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    Studio photo session with the band Kulture Shock for SFBG Magazine. Quantum Trio in Westcott 26″ Octa RapidBox camera right. I am standing above the band on a spiral staircase.

  20. PhotographyByCourtney July 18, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    In this image, I was seeking to incorporate this high school senior’s home track while maintaining a “studio look.” The light was a Canon 580EX II Speedlite bounced off a reflector to achieve the correct direction. My arm served as the light stand, and his mom held the reflector. Though there was late afternoon light, I used only the Speedlite with the following settings: 1/250 at 4.5 with ISO 320.

  21. bradbiringer July 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    Three candles. That’s it. Just three candles at my son’s birthday party. Handheld Nikon D80 with a 35mm f/1.8 DX lens set at 200 ISO, f/1.8, 1/60 second. Woo-Hoo!

  22. Karen Vaisman July 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    This shot of my daughter was shot during daylight at Balboa Park in the butterfly garden. I underexposed heavily. I used a Westcott Apollo with 3 speedlights and 3 battery packs (nikon) and put the light camera right almost 45 degrees and feathered the light. I did a double take because the way the light hit her hair looked like a hair light but I only had the one light with me on a stand. I loved the way it caught just her one eye adding a moody sensuality to the image.

    Karen Vaisman – portraits – fashion

  23. MiriamG99 July 18, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Photography of Jasmine using a Westcott softbox and strobe. Softboxes give such beautiful light.

  24. dustinstorm July 18, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Single Canon 600EX-RT in between the mother with children and the shark tank glass, angled to illuminate the bottom of the sharks and provide a backlight to silhouette. Not your typical “portraiture,” but I don’t really care. :)

  25. Wade Griffith July 18, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Photo of chalk letterer Dana Tanamachi using a single strobe and Westcott Apollo Orb. Taken in Abilene, Texas for Uppercase Magazine.

  26. Scott July 18, 2013 at 2:23 am #

    Single small softbox on right, 160mm f/5.7 1/100, Nikon D800 w/ a 70-180 Macro zoom.

  27. David O'Connell July 17, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    One Light Beauty shoot. Speedlight in a 28″ softbox.

  28. Sandra Burchett July 16, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    This image was taken from a Prohibition model shoot. The only light was a ring light. She was a bit older, but she loved the sexy look of the shot.

  29. Jason Lykins July 15, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    This was shot at a recent Arabic wedding that I did. We were running behind and ran out of light to do any shooting outside so I took the bride to the staircase inside of the reception hall. I had a quantum t5d-r behind a Westcott collapsible umbrella camera left.

  30. Kevin July 15, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Our one light source for this image was the use of a 40in blacklight tube.
    Camera Canon XSi
    ISO 1600

  31. Brandon Otto July 15, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    When my wife and I got married last June, she made me promise not to take any photos, the reward being a fashion wedding dress shoot a year later. I wanted something dramatic, so we found a bench on a hill near where we live and shot this in pitch black at night. I used a Westcott shoot through 7″ Parabolic Umbrella, a Bruce Dorn Triple Threat, and 3 Yongnuo speedlights to create a single massive light source. This image was the result, shot with a Nikon D700 and Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 at ISO 1600, 1/250, f/9.0.

  32. mzinn July 15, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    My dancing daughter, lit from the side with only a large flashlight and reflector.

  33. tukausseystudio July 14, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    During a studio session with a guy from San Francisco, we decided to get a little creative with a wig, I likes the lighting effect with the single light, and shadows cast from the wild stands of hair.

  34. James July 13, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    Self portrait. Canon 5D MKIII with one 600EX-RT speedlight camera left.

  35. Joey Buczek July 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    This photograph was created using a homemade light source out of an old socket, a lightbulb, and a wooden dowel. The idea behind the image (there was a series) was to portray different emotions and human characteristics through form and one’s own personal belief system (the single light is the metaphor for this aspect). Each photograph in the series is untitled, allowing the viewer to decipher his or her own take on the meaning within it.

  36. Frank Ortega July 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    This picture of Bethany was taken using a 24×24 inch softbox. A single Canon 580 EX Speedlite and a 24-105 Canon lens. The Settings were 160 ss f4 ISO 400.

  37. LarryWagner July 12, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    I used a single LED flashlight for this shot with Hana to catch a dramatic effect with her eyes.

  38. bever July 12, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    This portrait is of a 2013 High School Graduate.

    It was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-70 f/2.8L USM.

    Settings are ISO 800, f3.2, 1/100.

    Westcott Spiderlight TD

    54 inch shoot through umbrella

  39. spectaclephoto July 12, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    A single light head shot for a make-up shoot

  40. melissa3339 July 12, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    I was shooting a music video for a friend and did some stills afterwards using my Canon Speedlite 600 ex rt in a soft box.

  41. Wendy Mayo July 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Used a single speedlight bounced off an umbrella to light Allie’s face. The sun provided the backlight. Shot with Nikon D90, SB800, and a Westcott 60″ umbrella. ISO 200, f5.6, Shutter 1/160.

  42. July 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    The thing I love about NYC is all the surfaces for light to react to. This was just a good old fashioned stairwell in the East Village with a freshly painted white wall directly behind me.

  43. Jamie July 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    I was playing around w/ a one light set up to take pictures of my buddy Joey. I had a constant video light w/ a softbox to the subjects right, about even with the top of his head. I brought it towards the camera and angled it back at the subject to illuminate the face to eliminate some of the harsher shadows.

  44. joesphotography July 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    Here is a shot of some salad that i got to eat at a event here in bay city michigan. I use just a single speed light to get this shot.


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