Category Archives Lighting


Last week I promised that I would tell you guys a little bit about what the folks at FJ Westcott did on the Photoshop World Expo Floor that made them the talk of the show, but first a little history. (All Photos by Terry White. Thanks T!).

Dave Moser (NAPP’s Chief Operating Officer) and I had come up with an idea with based on the the fact that so many people already bring their cameras to Photoshop World. We thought it would be cool if we set up “shooting stations” for lack of a better term, where we would have sets and props or professional models, all professionally lit, where they could practice their skills.


A few months back I called Kelly Mondora over at Westcott Lighting to share the idea, because the only way this was really going to work was to use Continuous Lighting, like their TD-5 Spiderlites (having to deal with strobes, and wireless channels, and getting multiple people shooting at once, just would be a nightmare, and by using the TD-5’s we’d sidestep all that, plus as many people that wanted to shoot at one time, could).


Well, Kelly was all over it, and basically they took the idea and totally ran with it and it was literally the talk of the show because: (1) How incredibly creative the sets and concepts were, and (2) how well executed each set was with great props and backgrounds (3) how nicely lit each set was (4) that the male and female models were great and incredibly patient, (5) the make-up artist they flew in was just amazing, and (6) the fact that they changed the sets and models every day!!!! (One of their sets the first day was Catwoman, as seen at the top of this post. Photo by Terry White).


People were shooting at the “Westcott Shootout” literally all day, every day during the entire conference. You could see crowds huddled around each set at any given time, as seen above (Westcott did all this, while they were running their regular booth at a different location on the show floor).


Anyway, I was so excited at how it came out (which Westcott gets, and deserves 100% credit for), and I wanted to share it with you guys here, so if you come to Orlando Photoshop World next March, you absolutely, positively have to bring your camera and see what they come up with next. (Check out some of Scott Bourne’s awesome shots from the Shootout right here, and here, and here).

Bond, James Bond

Consider this my standing ovation to Kelly, to photographer Michael “MJ” Green who worked the shootout and helped everybody along the way, and to everyone at Westcott who showed that they do way more than just make lighting. They make cool!

P.S. Check out Westcott Lighting on Facebook right here. They always post lots of cool stuff, and videos and tips on lighting.

UPDATE: Westcott caught more than just the attendees attention with their shootout—the LA Times did a write-up on them. Here’s the link.


If you’re coming to the Photoshop World Conference & Expo next month; make sure you bring your camera, because we’re doing something really cool with the folks at Westcott that will totally make it worth your while.

Besides Westcott’s regular booth on the show floor, NAPP has partnered with Westcott to create a special “Photo Shootout” area. Here’s what Westcott has planned:

Four uniquely themed shootout bays will feature professional models, renowned instructors, commercial product set ups and more. Each day we will begin with four custom designed scenes all professionally lit utilizing the award-winning Spiderlite TD5 constant lighting system along with high-end modifiers, props and backgrounds.  Professional models with be styled by Candace Corey who has worked with such talent as Lady Antebellum, Danny Glover, Olympic Winner Shawn Johnson, comedian Chelsea Handler and more.   Her work can also be found in Rolling Stone, People, Self and Maxim. Stop by the Westcott booth and meet Candace in person as she provides instruction on the importance of styling for photography.

To help guide you through the shootout will be two amazing photographers who have both designed and created past Westcott catalog covers. Eric Eggly is a commercial, international and award winning photographer with more than 20 years experience. Michael Green is an artist, professional and award-winning photographer with the distinguished recognition of being a NAPP Guru Award winner as well as a current Westcott Top Pro. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how these guys both became so successful.

Plus, while you’re there you can enter to win one of two complete displays used at the show valued at well over $8,000 each including lights, modifiers and backgrounds.

This is something we’ve always wanted to offer on the show floor, and I want to thank Kelly, Dave, and everyone at Westcott for helping to make this happen.

Westcott has a really great presence on Facebook, and they’re always posting images, tutorials, and articles about lighting. If you’re into studio gear, friend them on Facebook (here’s the link).


My bestselling Book/DVD combo: Photo Recipes Live: Behind the Scenes Lighting Techniques, is now available as both an iPad and iPhone App from the iTunes Store.


The cool thing is: the App is only $9.95, and includes all the same videos and content. One of the reviewers on iTunes wrote this about the App:

“His technique of showing the shot, and then breaking it down how he did it, is very productive. The narrative is fun, not dry. $10 for pro instruction on lighting is a deal, the price of some digital photography magazines.”

Anyway, if you’d like to check it out, you can find it right here. Thanks to my Publisher, Peachpit Press who developed the App and got it out there. They really did a great job with it, and I’m super psyched to have it available both as a App, and for such an affordable price.




Big news: Lightroom 3 is now shipping!!!! (Wild cheers ensue!!!).

For people like me, who do 80% of their work in Lightroom, news doesn’t get a whole lot bigger than this! Of course, true to form, Adobe snuck an extra feature or two into the final shipping version that wasn’t in the free Public Beta, (most notably the new automated Lens Correction feature—a big one on the wish list of many Lightroom users).

We’ve updated our Lightroom 3 Learning Center with more details about the update, loads of videos and interviews, plus Matt Kloskowski and I created a clip where we each share our 5 favorite Lightroom 3 features, and why they’re our favorites.

You can visit NAPP’s Free Lightroom 3 Learning Center right here.

A big high-five to Product Manager Tom Hogarty, to Adobe brilliant engineers, and to the entire Lightroom Team for kickin’ some major butt on his upgrade!


These things are awesome! They’re called “Rogue FlashBenders” and they help you control and shape the light from your off-camera flash. Of course this isn’t the first product to do this (I’ve been using the Honl Light Shaping tools for a few years, and liked them a lot), but these new FlashBenders (from Expo Imaging—the people who bring us ExpoDisc) have two big advantages over everything else I’ve used:

(1) They’re all one piece, so there’s nothing separate to attach to your flash head, which means that there’s less to pack, and less to lose, and that means less hassle.

(2) There is some kind of wire, or bendy thingies (a technical term), inside them that let you easily mold and shape them any way you want so they go from snoot to bounce flash to gobo in two seconds flat.

They just officially launched today, but we got a set in last week and Matt and the rest of us fell in love with them right away (everybody was drooling over them).


You can buy them individually, or as a 3-piece kit, and for this launch, they agreed to do a special kicker for NAPP members who buy the full Rogue FlashBenders 3-piece Reflector Kit (normally $104.85 retail price), they’ll just pay for 2 pieces of the set, and get their Bounce Card / Flag FREE (normally $29.95).

The deal expires on June 18th (go to the NAPP Member Website to get the discount code). Here’s the link with more details. Way to go Expo Imaging guys—-you rocked it with this one! :)


A big congrats go out to my buddies RC Concepcion and my Photoshop User TV Co-Host Dave Cross as they’ve both been honored by lighting company FJ Westcott with inclusion into their “Top Endorsed Pros” program. (The image at top is from Westcott’s Top Pros site, featuring the work of some of the photographers already in the program). Click on the image to jump there to see some of their online galleries (or just click here).

Here’s how the folks at Westcott describe the program:

The Top Westcott Endorsed Pros was developed for photographic education and inspiration. This elite group is comprised of talented photographers from around the world, each a master of his or her own creative specialty, including fashion, sports, wedding, nature, photojournalism, advertising, portraiture, food and travel photography. Most Top Pros share their photographic and technical expertise with eager audiences of photo professionals, hobbyists and enthusiasts in a variety of workshops throughout the world. Top Endorsed Pros use Westcott lighting equipment.

Way to go RC and Dave!!!! :-)