Once unfolded, you position a short steel rod in each corner to keep the front
and back frames expanded. When all four rods are in place, tilt the HiLite to
a standing position with a touch fastener strip running along the bottom. (Lastolite
sells a Super White Vinyl "train" that can be attached to the touch
fastener for full-length shots. The HiLite has a touch fastener strip on two
edges, one for portrait orientation and one for landscape.)
placing a colored gel over the flash head in the Lastolite HiLite,
it is possible to change the background color with a minimum of
effort and loss of time.
With the HiLite standing on its own, unzip one of the sides, position a flash
head inside and the background is ready. Other lighting configurations are possible.
A second light can be positioned on the other side, inside the box, or one of
the lights can be positioned outside the HiLite and shot through the side diffuser
for a softer light, or both could be positioned outside the HiLite.
Takedown is just as quick and easy. Tilt the HiLite to the floor, remove the
corner rods and, with a couple of twists of the wrist, fold the box back to
its original shape. A little compressing is needed to expel the air trapped
inside and the HiLite stores back into its carrying bag.
Easy setup and takedown, transportability, and simple high-key backgrounds
would be enough to win me over to the HiLite, but that wouldn't begin
to describe the versatility of the unit. Need a chromakey background? Gel the
head(s) inside the HiLite with a blue or green gel and position your subject
a little farther from the unit. Want the subject against a variety of colored
backgrounds? No need to change seamless--change a gel. Want more of a hot
spot behind the subject? Point the light inside the HiLite toward the front
diffuser. Subject too tall? Raise the HiLite on the crossbar between light stands.
can be posed within 2 ft of the Lastolite HiLite background without
casting a shadow, making it ideal for small spaces and location
Need a large softbox? No one said the HiLite has to be behind the subject!
Move it off to the side and you have a 6x7-foot soft light that you can take
on location. Looking for a shadowless beauty light? Position the HiLite behind
you and you have it. Need to photograph a large group on location? Position
one on either side of you with different power levels and you have virtually
shadowless, ratioed lighting. And I'm betting that enterprising photographers
will find ways to float a HiLite and heads above a set for an inexpensive overhead
Versatile. Portable. Affordable. The Lastolite HiLite background is a truly
innovative and welcome addition to any photographer's lighting arsenal.
The MSRP of the 5x7-foot HiLite is $456, while that of the 6x7-foot is $537.
have zippered sides. Flash heads can be mounted inside and the
zippers closed around them, or outside and shot through the closed
side(s) for a more diffuse effect.
For more information, contact Bogen Imaging, Inc., 565 E. Crescent Ave., Ramsey,
NJ 07446; (201) 818-9500; www.bogenimaging.us.