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The Lastolite HiLite backgrounds range allows the photographer to undertake ‘High Key’ photography on location and in restrictive spaces. The white background itself can be rear-lighted so there is no longer a need to use a background light behind the subject and because the background is illuminated, the subject can stand right in front of it without casting a shadow. The HiLite backgrounds also work as a large rear softbox, illuminating the subject, meaning you can use just one other flash head to light the subject from the front. The Lastolite HiLite background is collapsible so can be easily stored and transported. This larger 6' x 7' version is ideal for full length portraits and small group shots. Please note that the train is sold separately. More
4 Nov 2010 - Since its introduction some years ago, the Lastolite HiLite background has been increasingly popular with portrait photographers. Sadly, I still get a lot of correspondence about the HiLite background from photographers who struggle to achieve the look that they expected. That’s why I’m putting pen to paper, not in the form of a review as such, but just to reassure you that using the HiLite need not be a struggle. How to get the most out of your HiLite...
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Just the job
About Me Photo Enthusiast
Comments about Lastolite HiLite Background 6x7 ft:
Bought to achieve clean white backgrounds for people and pet portraits. I use with one Bowens 400 in the hilite and one Bowens 400 in front (brolly). Pretty easy to get the right balance for head shots and three - quarters (about 1 stop more in the background). Not so easy to get clean white between hilite and floor (even with the vinyl train) and I have used a speedlite to add light in this area. This is a bit tricky to get right and it's probably quicker to clean up in post processing. Still working on the finer points but no complaints with the hilite - it does exactly what it's supposed to do. Definitely saves a lot of space (and uses less strobes) compared to a paper roll set up which I don't have the space for. Great service and quick delivery from WEX - got the vinyl train free on special offer, so very pleased!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Milton Keynes
About Me Pro Photographer
Purchased this to film presenter-to-camera sequences for infovideos. Works really well. Takes up far less space than having a separate background than needs lighting too.
About Me Semi-pro Photographer
A must have for portrait photographers! really quick and easy 1 man set up and take down with vinyl train is great and you only need one strobe or even flash at full power for perfect result. would highly recommend. worth every penny.
Big but a bit of a handfull packing up
I found that it was very easy to set up and put to use. The assembly was so easy that it doesn't really need a read of the instructions.Inserting lights into the sides of the unit was simple, and it dosn't matter which edge you use, you can still use the free sides to insert a light or two as there are zipped slots on all sides.However, putting it back in the bag was, for me, a struggle, I am sure its just technique that I need to learn. Its now back in its bag, but I need some space and time to practice getting it to self collapse (as in the video's on lastolites website, to be fully confident on taking it to an event, where its use will be of great use.
Great bit of kit - wish it were cheaper
from West Yorkshire
this is lightweight and portable, comes in a round carry bag same size as my reflectorI use it for mainly portrait work in peoples' homes and as long as they have a 7' space it is idealI found it easy to set up and take down but was glad of having watched the Hilite tutorial video before attempting to collapse it!
I would buy this product again
By geordie snapper
Great for hi-key photography perfect results every time with no editing required
Quick and effective
from South Yorks
Used for photographing at an event when printing on site giving perfect clean high key backgrounds. Essential when you're limited for space as subjects can stand practically up against the background without light spilling on to them. Two lights are required to avoid and gradation on the background
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from Epsom, Surrey
I use this product for portrait photography and have really enjoyed using it. It is easy to set up and consistently gives a brilliant white background, which is ideal for portraits- individuals or small groups.However, be warned, it's not the easiest backgrounds to collapse even though I use several other Lastolite backgrounds. The first time it took me nearly 30min to collapse it and I was very afraid of damaging it. Since there is nothing else on the market which does the job we have no options. Lastolite need to come up with a better design.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
4 years and still going strong!
I use this to shoot small family portraits in other peoples homes. Up until the start of this year with just a 200/400 d-lite combo (bought two more now).It has started to bow slightly on one side and the train has been battered, but it's still serviceable.Putting it away needs practice, but again, watch the videos online. I'm only just over 5 foot and can manage on my own!An excellent piece of kit I've relied on to make a little extra money. Added the black velvet cover some time ago as well which is also great.
Ideal in so many ways
If you are a pro working away from the studio or a keen amateur you will not be disappointed that you invested in this background.I have a home studio setup in a spare room but if I just want to take shots in a less formal setting without sacrificing quality I use the HiLite. It's ideal for putting up in any space in the house (yours or someone else's) its light and easy to setup and that means it gets plenty of use.I have used it at home for impromptu shoots with the grandchildren and taken it along to family gatherings, birthday parties and christening for example and the result was that people were falling over themselves to get their picture taken. This meant we had fun and created some great 'keepers' that will be enjoyed by the whole family/ friends that were there.
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