Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7')

Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7')

Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7')

B&H # LAHL57 MFR # LL LB8857
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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
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Lastolite LL LB8857 overview

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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
UPC: 719821271390
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Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7')
  • HiLite Background
  • 4 x Support Rods
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    Lastolite LL LB8857 specs

    Dimensions 5 x 7' (1.5 x 2.1 m)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 16.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 40.6 x 40.6 x 3.1"

    Lastolite LL LB8857 reviews

    HiLite Illuminated White Background (5 x 7') is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 18.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome... really awesome Ok, I have to say, this thing has given my photography an entire new aesthetic to work with. Using the HiLite as a backdrop allows me to range from grey- white, to bright white, to an artsy and etherial blown-out white. The highlights it casts back onto the subject are beautiful. Hair looks great without the need for a dedicated hair light. I can't say enough good things about this addition to my tool set. I notice in the Lastolite catalog that there is a mounting system for the HiLite that B&H doesn't sell... will definitely be buying this mounting system as it will take the HiLite off the ground and open the door for a myriad of uses.
    Date published: 2016-03-13
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Turned yellow after 3 months I loved this product in the beginning. I was able to produce beautiful images, but after just a few uses the white turned to a redish-yellow color. I now get a yellow glow to my images when I use this. Extremely disappointed.
    Date published: 2016-03-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great High Key background 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.
    Date published: 2011-12-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilite is My light! 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.
    Date published: 2008-05-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for the road 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!
    Date published: 2012-02-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from High-Key Portability 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.
    Date published: 2011-01-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great little backdrop 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.
    Date published: 2008-07-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Godsend! As everyone else here has said, this is an amazing piece of gear; so amazing that you wonder why no one else thought about it, or does it. I have been trying (admittedly sporadically and unprofessionally) to shoot high-key video talking heads with a pure white background (similar to the way all of those Apple product videos are done.) But no matter what I tried, with white pop-up backgrounds, white paper on a background roll, multiple light setups, etc. nothing ever looked remotely professional. I was resigned to shooting against a black background (which is much easier to not light, and covers a host of sins.) But then I found the HiLite here, decided to take a last shot, and went and picked it up at B&H, along with a five head CFL continuous light fixture. I brought it home, popped it out of its bag, and had it set up in less than five minutes. Stick the CFL head in the side, use a single variable intensity LED for light on the subject (me), and WOW. Absolutely perfect high-key video. Having the background back-lit takes care of everything, and all you need to do is set your exposure until it just washes out the back, leaving your subject perfectly illuminated by the front light. I cannot believe how good this looks, and how simple this is. If a pure white background is what you're looking for, this is clearly it.
    Date published: 2016-03-23
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