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LastoliteHiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7')
 
4.5

(based on 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (15)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Lightweight (11)
  • Good color value (6)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (16)
  • Indoors (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • General purpose (7)
  • Studio (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (17), Semi-pro photographer (6), Experienced (4), Professional (4), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The HiLite is Better than I thought

I've used this for several jobs with great results.
Easy to use, works great with one flash unit inside the Hilite. I use either an old Nikon sb-26, or a...Read complete review

I've used this for several jobs with great results.
Easy to use, works great with one flash unit inside the Hilite. I use either an old Nikon sb-26, or a sb-900 set to optical slave.
Pops up like a charm, set up is a breeze. I strongly suggest looking at the Lastolite videos on folding directions. Once you get the hang of it, it's very easy to fold up and put away. The 6x7 is very manageable. The materials look very durable. My only disappointment is with the carrying case. The zipper tab broke immediately under normal use. However the case itself appears to be well made.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I used to love this! No more.

I've loved every lastolite product I've purchased, and this was no different, at first. But after 5 months, the fabric yellowed on me like an old newspaper... it is now useless...Read complete review

I've loved every lastolite product I've purchased, and this was no different, at first. But after 5 months, the fabric yellowed on me like an old newspaper... it is now useless in conjunction with other lights. None of my other lastolite products have turned yellow.

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4.0

Performed as expected

By Randy Fath

from Dalton

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

Product performs as advertised, however nearly impossible to return to original package. Product needs to come with video instructions to store.

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5.0

Excelente choice for a portable studio

By Emerson Aniceto

from Philadelphia - PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

I always use this amazing background in Europe and just get a new one here. I use when I have Corporate head-shoots or when I need go to a costumer house. Practical and excellent quality and the best thing is the fact that you can illuminate making a great light effect.

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5.0

Lastolite Hilite 6x7

By Out-A-Site Images

from Lake Zurich, IL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Joint 2 Get A Panoramic
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Artificial Lighting
  • Photography
  • Portraits
  • Product Photography
  • Strobe Lighting
  • Weddings

Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

Great background for Hikey photography. The 6x7 Hilite is the perfect size for on-location portraits. High key effects can be obtained if the Hilite is 1 to 1-1/2 stops brighter than the main and fill lights combined. Although higher strobe power in the Hilite can be used, higher outputs than 1-1/2 stop produce bounce back of light to the camera resulting in a glare or halo effect on the subject unless the subject is moved further away from the Hilite, which is undesirable. The further away the subject is, the wider the Hilite needs to be. Another trick I've learned is to join two Hilite's together to make a wider width Hikey background. For example joining two 6x7 Hilite's together results in a 7x12 foot wide panoramic sized Hikey background! You can join them together to make a near seamless effect by taping a strip of 2 to 3 inch wide white paper (use a cheap roll of paper from a paper calculator) to the black edges of the Hilite's middle joining seams. You can also use silver tape that is used in sealing ductwork together. You can get a near seamless joint where both Hilite's meet. Angle both Hilite's a little to form a slight V shape so you can place two strobes on one light stand located between both Hilite's(one strobe in each Hilite) and you obtain a portable Hikey setup for bigger group portraits on location. Some post processing may be required. Be careful of the white coating on the Hilite so as not to get it dirty as cleaning the surface does not work well in removing all the dirt. Keeping the Hilite in it's supplied plastic bag during storage will help minimize deterioration (cracking) of the rubberized surface coating caused by air oxidation over time. Avoid too high a modeling light power output inside the Hilite since the heat generated by the bright modeling light can cause yellowing of the Hilite's coating over time. Other than those precautions it's a superb background for Hikey portraits and beats anything out there like paper, canvas or vinyl. For great Hikey floor effects useful when photographing full length portraits, I've found you can use any white material including silver Mylar. You don't need the expensive vinyl flooring material that is sold for the Hilite. You can use paper, Tyvek sheet,silver Mylar sheet or turn over a roll of Congoleum flooring material if you paint it white. The secret is to light, whichever white flooring material you use, with two FLOOR softboxes laid on their sides each at opposite front ends of the flooring material. The light given off is enough to get a hikey white floor effect for full length portraits with minimal post processing. All-in-all the Hilite is the best solution for a portable and quick setup of a white background for Hikey portraits and product photography.

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1.0

Difficult to pack

By Enid

from Charlotte, NC

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good For Short Term Uses

Cons

  • Difficult To Pack

Best Uses

  • Portraits

Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

I purchased this because it seemed easy to pack and take on location. I shoot headshot for theater students and the hi-key is a great way to do it. The Lastolite is very difficult to pack. I have watched every video on it and you need two people minimum and many attempts. Also, some of my students are very tall and so the most recommended way to use is to have them sit down.

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4.0

Lastolite hilte

By sidney

from Sacramento

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artificial Lighting
    • Photography
    • Portraits
    • Strobe Lighting
    • Weddings

    Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

    I use this product for hi key portraits and it is perfect for my needs. I don't have a lot of space but you don't need it with this item. Set up is quick and easy as is tear down. I've had a lot of practice with large reflectors and pop up changing rooms so I found it pretty easy to fold up. 4 stars only because I want to see how well it holds up.

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    4.0

    A Pop Up Studio in a Bag!

    By Jonathan Tucker

    from St. Thomas, USVI

    Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

    I purchased the Lastolite Hilite 6' by 7' soft box for high key shots on location. I must say that unit is large but manageable. Material quality is what I have grown to expect from Lastolite, top shelf. In regards to location shooting outdoors, I learned the hard way that it's a good practice to use it WITH a background stand. A high gust of wind blew mine over and it even collapsed once. I couldn't give it five stars due to fact that you have to buy the skirt separately.

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    5.0

    Amazing hi key background

    By Nancy Y

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • High Key Shooting
    • Portraits

    Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

    This was probably our most amazing purchase of 2014. The background is a beautiful, consistent bright white, which makes making selections in PS easy! We've also used it for portraits, where we leave the image as is... perfect. Easy (though bulky) to set up and store, and light enough to bring along on location, which we've now done a good number of times. Great job, Lastolite!

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    5.0

    Impressive images, versatile high-key

    By Serhandle

    from Sri Lanka

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Portraits

      Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

      I use it for lighting family shots, portraits, wedding pre shoots and at a weddings.
      It travels easily - folding down to an impressively small size. Very easy to put up - can be done in less than a minute once you know what you are doing (two people). Takes a little longer if you are doing it on your own.
      Taking down is a different story. Sometimes I nail it first time, others can take up to 10 minutes. But I am getting better (just have to keep telling myself it is a giant reflector!)

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      1.0

      I used to love this! No more.

      By Rhiner

      from westport, ct

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

      I've loved every lastolite product I've purchased, and this was no different, at first. But after 5 months, the fabric yellowed on me like an old newspaper... it is now useless in conjunction with other lights. None of my other lastolite products have turned yellow.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Nice product

      By Sobe Girl

      from Miami, FL

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Portable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

      I am an amateur using this box for in-house video/photo for my business. I do find that creating a high-key background is a little more difficult than I thought it would be, but I'm still experimenting with the backlighting.

      Heads up: The directions say that you need 5 bars to support the box (1 at each corner and 1 at the top to prevent drooping). But the set came with 4 bars only. The website also says that is ships with only 4 bars.

      The top 2 corners have wrinkles from the way that the top of the box droops slghtly, but I hope that those wrinkles will "disappear" once I get the lighting brighter.

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      5.0

      Love this product!

      By Matt Pham

      from Lafayette, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Portraits

      Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

      Every professional photographer would love one of these... not need, but love to have. You can do so much with it. I use it mainly for a back drop for high key lighting but I also use it as a huge soft box. If you put two strobes in it, it will light up 5-6 people easily with a beautiful soft even light. It's one big window. Not cheap but worth it.

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      5.0

      Best investment ever!

      By Darren Francis

      from Singapore

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Portraits

      Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

      I use it for shoots that are onsite.

      Firsly, I'm amazed by the quality of the product and how compact it is during transporatation. Best of all, the results were great.

      My ownly regret is I didn't get the biggest version.

      Do keep in mind that the product is quite heavy. It would be great if they could find a way to make it lighter or provide a better carrying case.

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      5.0

      Great Product!!!!!

      By James J

      from Boca Raton, Fl.

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

          I use this in my photography and filmmaking business and it is a great softbox that is so easy to use.

          I recommend this to everyone!

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          4.0

          So Awesome!

          By mighty eggplant

          from South Jersey, NJ

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Good Color Value
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Get's Dirty Easier

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Special Events

          Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

          Makes Traveling with a White & Black backdrop Easy! Love it, and it does a phenomenal job with producing a very high-contrast white background! My only con is that it is difficult to keep clean, and marks will show if you are not careful. Other than that, it's a near-perfect product!

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          4.0

          Amazing but hard to close!

          By photoboothgirl

          from New York, NY

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Good Color Value
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • A bit flimsy
          • Slouch
          • Weak

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Night Time
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits
          • Special Events

          Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

          I use this lastolite as a white background. I put in the Alien Bees 800 lights in them and it creates a wrinkle free pure white background.Now, after using this for several times in 4 years, it loses the flexibility to closes OR STAND UP STRAIGHT.This is something that needs to be placed in a studio and stay up in a studio. If you open and close it often, it will lose its flexibility and would not STAND big and tall. It will slouch. I didn't use mine often so I guess the make or quality is not all that...However, it's light once you open it up and movable. Closing it is a whole different review. You need to watch the video 5 times so it would become easy to close.Oh, I only paid $ for this. Wait for a promotion and save $200 bucks.

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          4.0

          Why didn't I buy it sooner!

          By André

          from Washington, DC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Good Color Value
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Hard To Re-fold

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

          I have used the Lastolite HiLite to creat perfect high key photographes. The HiLite gave me great high key performance/lighting whether I used one strobe or two. I completed a personal project photographying silhouettes and the HiLite made completeing this project fast and simple. The set-up is extremely easy however, the re-folding of the HiLite can be challenging.

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          5.0

          Love it!

          By Cesar Andre Digital Studio

          from San Diego CA.

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Good Color Value
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Gets Dirty

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

          I really like this back ground, I can fold it by my self and it easy to get around with. One thing to keep in mind is that it will get dirty because you need to lay it on the ground a lot, just use a damp microfiber cloth and you will be fine.

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          5.0

          Wonderfully construcred

          By Charlesson

          from Minneapolis, mn

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Solid

          Cons

          • Not Having One

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

            Lastolite nails another piece of great gear. Have fun with this .... I know I am. Worth the hard earned dollars and cents. Well, mostly dollars...but so glad I added it to the equipment choices.

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            5.0

            Great product!

            By jbinbg

            from Bowling Green, KY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

            This product does everything it was advertised to do. Easy to set-up and break down (takes me less than 2 minutes), and the results with a single flash are excellent.

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            5.0

            Great!

            By NEto

            from San Antonio, Texas

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors

              Comments about Lastolite HiLite Illuminated White Background (6 x 7'):

              Great product!

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