Contest #44: Win a Modern Vintage Backdrop (a $120 Value!)


The Challenge

This week’s PHOTO challenge is to submit a vintage style image.  The image must be taken in the current year, but must display a vintage spin.  Go back to the 50s, 60s, 70s, or 80s and make it groovy!

The Prize

This weeks prize for the best Single Light Portrait will be a Modern Vintage background of your choice!  Along with the background, 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 Photographer Hernan Rodriguez shows off the new “Vibe” Modern vintage background in this video.  He also used the new Skylux LED to light his subject.


37 Responses to Contest #44: Win a Modern Vintage Backdrop (a $120 Value!)

  1. Jeffery Kordsmeier September 13, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    My daughter before a cotillion dance.

  2. Ed Hernandez September 13, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    This image is from an editorial project “Nostalgia, What Is Left-Behind.”
    The human experience is an accumulation of multiple narratives, revealed in the journey, and characterized by the interplay between the present and the past. This exchange is facilitated by the mechanism called nostalgia, and this thing gives us a sense of belonging by connecting us to our common humanity, and by reconnecting the here and now to the then and there.

  3. Donald September 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Granddaughters birthday party featured a photo shoot and dance party. Seems like a lot of music is returning to the Disco of my younger days. “Miss M” likes to fancy herself as a little diva so this image is perfect.

  4. blphoto13 September 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Working on a Pin up Calendar. Fun stuff.

  5. Anna Esposito September 12, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Vintage photoshoot concept using ring light as my lighting source. Using sepia image to recreate the 50’s vintage look.

  6. Nader Abushhab September 12, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Shot this for a boutique in Scottsdale, AZ named Doux Belle. The model is the lovely Bianca Mead!

    I pulled a lot of ambient light in this night shot, and used an Ice Light as the key. The back light is a speedlight shooting through a Westcott optical white satin umbrella. In post I added some noise and a filmstock overlay to try to give it more of a warm film look.

    Nikon D7000
    1/10 sec at f/2.8, ISO 200
    50mm f1.4D

  7. seanyp September 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    This image was taken from a 70’s inspired shoot I did last month. I wanted the image to look natural hot and summery. I used 1 off camera flash with a light box triggered by a pocketwizard mini and flex.

  8. Jeannette September 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Lonaconing Silk Mill, MD
    Klotz Throwing Company…abandoned in 1957.

  9. Eric Scott Miller September 12, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    A classical look reminiscent of the fashion from the days of Marlene Dietrich.

  10. Ryan Gonzales September 12, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    This image was inspired by the 1950’s with an old bike in the background, an old trunk a 1950’s phone and other accessories.

  11. dionphoto September 12, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    We wanted to do a modern Vintage that combined today’s modern free women with the look of back in the day.
    Danielle with her tats and vintage racer look fits the bill.

  12. William Y. September 12, 2013 at 5:23 am #

    Vintage Shanghai style portrait. Inspired by old Shanghai celebrity photography from many decades ago.

    Modelling and styling: Mimi Starikova

    Stobist: one main light with loop lighting. Two hair lights gelled and barn doors.

  13. Mary Jane Cannon September 12, 2013 at 1:22 am #

    This was my first attempt at using studio lighting in a rented studio. My “model” was born in the 80’s and has never changed her style of clothing. She loves the 80s so much, she makes her own outfits and wont leave the house without a bow-tie :)

  14. schuenke September 11, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    Sepiatone of a rider and her horse. 1/2000 sec at f/2.2, 85mm, texture and tone added in post.

  15. marksgotshots September 11, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    The picture was recently taken in Ybor City, FL. It is a vintage ‘casita’ (cigar workers home) that had been meticulously restored. I applied a vintage camera ‘layering effect’ to create the vintage look.

  16. Jim Tincher September 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    This was taken during a shoot with my photo group. The feel of the image goes back a bit further than the challenge but I believe it captures the era quite well.

  17. hayleenighbert September 10, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    Here is my contest entry, featuring model Jessica Welter. Vintage with a little bit of a modern style mixed in…light was bounced off a gold reflector (bottom right). I took this while the sun was setting, but I still wanted back lighting.. so I decided to hang a curtain against a tree to keep the background from getting blasted out in camera and to diffuse the light.

  18. Penelope Chaput September 10, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    I have always loved the grittiness of noir photography, very intense contrasts. This is one that I had been playing around taking of my husband and daughter next to an abandoned house. I shot this with a nikon d90 in natural shade of the day.

  19. MiriamG99 September 10, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Photo taken with a Nikon D300 and a strobe with grid.

  20. metrowhisper September 10, 2013 at 1:28 am #

    Elegant… this photo taken indoor with about 5 lighting set up …3 beauty dish to the model and 2 spot light on to the background.

  21. Kevin September 9, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

    Did some shopping and did our best to portray a 70s Flower Child. I wasn’t alive during that time, but did our best with some help from research of 70s style photography. The original Vintage sun-flare look. Taken during sunset, with the sun going down behind the model, all natural light.

    1/100th at f/4 ISO 100
    24-70mm lens at 60mm.

  22. Slava Ivanov September 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    I had in my mind the idea of the the World War II time photo for a soldier with red-hot lipstick touch from a girl, which kept in a pocket, may be even folded as the memorable reminder from home town girlfriend.

  23. PhotoGord September 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    With the summer soon ending, myself and my model Amy Lynn Emm decided to recreate the vintage look of the bathing beauties that appeared on postcards in the 50’s. Using the sun and an off-camera speedlite shot with a shoot-thru umbrella, we created both black and white and “colourized” looks to our images.

  24. kelliebellie September 5, 2013 at 4:58 am #

    Found an old antique farm machine in an old barn. Love old stuff.

  25. JaydePhoto September 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    This was taken right after I got this awesome vintage radio to use as a prop in my studio. Lighting is continuous light umbrellas.

  26. James September 4, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    This is a self portrait in the film noir style of a Hollywood crime drama. I love this style of photography.

  27. Rose September 4, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    while sitting for rehearsal for our up coming drama called ‘Grace’ base on the musical Grease and other 50’s music at these girls these girls get the giggles. Just having some 50’s style fun!

  28. Gina Spiroff Miller September 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    I took this photo in my bedroom using on camera flash with a Gary Fong diffuser on it. All I had at the time but wanted to make sure I took a few photos of my daughter who out of the blue, decided to do a little pinup-ish look to her hair, make-up and clothing. When I seen her I said “let me take your photo!” And after a few shots, told her to act like she would be flirting with some boys in the service from back in the day.

  29. OjaiImages September 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    Marilyn – This image captured for costume party the model was attending. Lighting used was westcott large soft box and Bluff strobe.

  30. torvaterra September 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Natural light from the setting sun, and one speed light set low.

  31. Karen Vaisman September 4, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    This image of the beautiful Heather Grayson was shot in Temecula CA and artistically retouched by me. I used 3 speedlights in an Apollo softbox outdoors to add to softer skin and styled for the vintage look!

    Karen Vaisman

  32. Trystan930 September 2, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    This was taken at a Great Gatsby photo shoot. Speedlite behind model camera left and right used as backlight and small reflector used in front of model.

  33. dab_photography September 2, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    on location at the old Governor’s Mansion in Sacramento…one speedlight (no room for any softbox) and a reflector…using a Sony a77 with the 16-50/2.8 kit lens…

  34. Bob McKinley September 2, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    This was taken at a Prohibition concept shoot setup by a good friend. The biggest challenge was to use just enough light from the main light so not to over power or blow out the gelled light from behind, yet give me a proper exposure. With the help of friends and superior patience on our model part we came got this and I’m really happy with the results.

  35. Johnna "Speaks" Photography August 31, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    This image was taken in studio. A snooted strobe was placed behind the model, a large parabolic umbrella to camera left and a softbox to camera right.

  36. jaimietull August 31, 2013 at 12:25 am #

    This Image was taken at a concept shoot for all things glitter with photographer friends and models. The lighting was on board flash with natural light coming in through windows in the studio.

  37. Sandra Burchett August 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    This image was taken at a Prohibition model shoot with my photography group. The main and fill light were supplied by a friend, but he does love those Westcott softboxes! Gelled backlight provided a little blueish tint to the background. Costumes were brought by the model shoot organizer. She was an absolute beauty!

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