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Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7')

B&H # LAHL57 Mfr # LL LB8857
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You Pay: $374.99
Product Highlights
  • Sets Up/Down Easily / Collapsible
  • Great for Hi Key Lighting
  • Provides Even Background Light
  • Free Standing
  • Can Be Used as a Huge Softbox

The Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background is a unique way to achieve hi key photographs. This inventive system, allows the photographer to minimize lighting scenarios while achieving spectacular results.

The HiLite Background is different in that it permits you to place your strobe head INSIDE the background, completely directing the light to the background and filling it with white light. No more worrying about 'spill' or having to test to see if the background light is positioned correctly since the background will be evenly lit. Furthermore, because the background is actually illuminated it means the subject can stand virtually right in front of it without casting a shadow.

This system also works as a rear softbox and can illuminate your subject as well. This means you can simply use use one other light in the front and you're ready to shoot.

Illuminates background evenly eliminating the need for a separate rear light
Free standing
Can be suspended on a Lastolite 1108 background support system
An optional 'wipe clean' vinyl train is also available
Can even be used as a very large softbox
Available in four sizes
Dimensions 5 x 7' (1.5 x 2.1 m)
Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7')
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    LastoliteHiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7')
     
    4.7

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (4)
    • Durable (3)
    • Quick setup (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors (4)
      • Outdoor events / games (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

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      5.0

      I love this background

      By Chick who Clicks

      from Bay Area, Ca

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Studio

        Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7'):

        I was tired of photoshopping out wrinkles from my white polyester backdrop. Based on the reviews here, I purchased this background and I absolutely love it. I get a pure, clean, white background with very little light spillout on my subject. It does take some practice to put it back in its carrying case.

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        5.0

        Great for the road

        By scphotog

        from Easley, SC

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Quick Setup

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • On Location
          • Special Events
          • Travel

          Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7'):

          I stay on the road and often have to set up studio spaces in multiple locations in the same day. This product has simplified my life so much! It is light-weight (considering) and fairly easy to setup and break down (it took a few times to master the break down but online vids help). I love the look of images shot on this background. Works great with my Alien Bees!

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          • No

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          5.0

          won't regret

          By DiamondLens

          from Lancaster, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Good Color Value
          • Long-Lasting
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors

            Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7'):

            I love the space I save with this Lasolite - you might be saying "it's huge" but just wait till you see how small it gets since it's collapses. All my hi-key looks are smooth and beautiful; it really does nicely on skin tones.

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            5.0

            Great High Key background

            By Ron

            from Chicago

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Color Value
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7'):

                Great results even with full auto shooting on my Canon EOS 7D.

                Highly recommend you watch the demo video for speedlight & HiLite setup.

                For my first shots, I used my one speedlight(slave) in the HiLite and the build-in flash(master) using the automatic setting & E-TTL. Got great headshots.

                As I added another speedlight to fill in and used manual setting I got even better results (with a few practice shots). For manual flash setting, I used F/4 in the HiLite, f/16 for the fill-in flash and f/8 & 16 for the built-in. I played around with it for a little while before I got the results I wanted for a group photo and product photos.

                I also recommend you watch the demo video for folding the Hilite & putting it back into the carring case.

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                5.0

                Great Product

                By waverydr

                from Camarillo, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7'):

                    It has been useful to blow a out pure white background behind larger products I shoot. I also am excited to use it with people too! ( they are much more exciting to shoot than products)

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                    4.0

                    VERRY COOL, BUT HARD TO CLOSE UP

                    By FHOTOBOB

                    from COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors

                      Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7'):

                      EASY TO INSTALL- HARD TO UNINSTALL

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Convenient

                      By KJ

                      from Cleveland, OH

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

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                        Cons

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                            Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7'):

                            You definitely pay for the convenience with the price, but it does make creating photos with a high key white background very simple and easy.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            High-Key Portability

                            By Geoff

                            from Brooklyn, NY

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to set up
                            • Portability

                            Cons

                            • Cost

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • On Location
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7'):

                            the HiLite allows me to shoot in smaller spaces where a cyc wall or properly lighting seamless white background paper would not be feasible.

                            one caveat, though: when shooting full-length, you really need something to provide a flat white floor. i purchased the lastolite vinyl train, but it wrinkles and rarely offers a smooth white floor in the photo results. it's a quick fix in photoshop, but extra work nonetheless.

                            if getting the high-key look without having to drag a client to a studio is important, look no further. however, if you're shooting in your studio, there are less-expensive options for high-key results.

                            separately, the HiLite can also be used as a large soft-box... but that's a nice-to-have and, again, i wouldn't buy it for that purpose - there are far less-expensive options.

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                            5.0

                            Perfect for high key shoots

                            By Sally

                            from Las Vegas

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7'):

                            I love this product. So easy to use and lighting is great. Make high key shoots so much easy.

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                            5.0

                            Easy to Use

                            By Lori

                            from Ft. Lauderdale

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7'):

                                Easy to use. Perfect for headshots and 3/4 shots. Getting the floor to become as white is a little bit harder.

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                                4.0

                                Great little backdrop

                                By chrishatcher[@]

                                from Pasadena, CA

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Portable
                                • Quick Setup

                                Cons

                                • Kind of expensive
                                • Train looks sloppy
                                • Vinyl train not included

                                Best Uses

                                • Headshots 34

                                Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7'):

                                I have had my HiLite 5X7 for a couple of week now and have already used it commercially twice. One problem is that I wish I would have gotten the larger one. The white vinyl train is nice but looks sloppy. It come rolled up in a tube that crinkles the vinyl and is really hard to straighten up when photographing full lengths. I taped it to the ground but still looks funny in the pictures.
                                The light is beautiful, creates a little lens flair but its nice.

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Hilite is My light!

                                By HeydenKaye

                                from Alberta, Canada

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fun
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Portable
                                • Quick Setup

                                Cons

                                • A little hard to put away

                                Best Uses

                                • Great photography tool

                                Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7'):

                                This product is great! Easy to use, light and versatile! Once you get used to putting it away, then you'll be happy! I am able to put it on it's side for shots of people sitting or with big groups. This is the choice product for isolated backgrounds. Also great with colored gels.

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