Alycia White makes dramatic senior portraits with LunaGrip

Image by: Alycia White using the LunaGrip from Westcott and Kevin Kubota.

Image by: Alycia White using the LunaGrip from Westcott and Kevin Kubota.

Do you want to see how easy it is to take your outdoor lighting up a notch? Here's a fun video featuring Alycia White, showing how she uses a single speedlight, and her LunaGrip, to create dramatically better portraits than she could with just natural light. One of the key reasons to use flash outdoors is to balance the light on your subject with a very bright background. The problem is that simply hitting your subject with flash usually results in very flat, snapshot looking lighting. 

In this video you'll see how the simple addition of a unique flash modifier, moved to the appropriate position, can drastically improve your results. Alycia's kind of a goof too, which makes it all the more enjoyable ;-)

Details on her camera and flash settings can be found at the end of the video, or here.

Alycia White uses the LunaGrip and a single speedlight to show how easy it is to get dramatic, beautiful lighting outdoors.

If you have any questions on her setup or settings, feel free to ask in the comments and we'll fill ya in. 

New Lightroom presets: PrimaPortra for portraiture

OK, I'll be honest. I've been hording some of my favorite Lightroom presets for myself. Granted, I've been working on this new set of presets, specifically for portraiture, and fine tuning them for some time. I've finally pulled them together in to a new preset package to share with you all, via the PrimaPortra Lightroom presets package. 

I use these on most of my portrait work. They are fantastic with high school seniors, fashion, children, weddings, boudoir, and I even use them for business headshots. They do marvelous things to skin and give images a fresh POP, without being over-the-top and obvious. 

Available now via instant download on our store. They are a smokin' deal at only $29!

Below is a small sampling of the 20 included presets. There are 17 color effects and 3 B&W. You can view before and after samples of them all at the store site. 

The Warming Hut preset

The Warming Hut preset

KevaLuscious preset

KevaLuscious preset

Pure Caffeine preset

Pure Caffeine preset

LunaGrip speedlight tool now shipping!

Your lighting bag just got a bit lighter! Thank you to everyone who placed a pre-order for the Westcott LunaGrip and have waited patiently for them to ship. I am excited to announce that we are officially shipping products and our first production run is going fast! 

The LunaGrip turns your speedlight and pop-up diffuser in to an easy to hold, light weight, beautiful soft light source. You can get the LunaGrip solo to use with your own diffuser, or as a kit that includes a Westcott 5-in-1 diffuser/reflector. 

Details, FAQs, and purchase information is here: www.LunaGrip.com

We've posted some videos to show the easy assembly as well as a couple of use scenarios. We'll be posted more videos to show the amazing versatility of the product in a wide variety of situations. 

Videos:

1) Assembly, setup tips, disassembly.

2) Outdoor use solo mixed with natural light

3) Outdoor use and using a second LunaGrip as a reflector

Westcott Top Pro photographer Kevin Kubota shows how to assemble the LunaGrip speedlite handle for photographers in this instructional video. The LunaGrip was designed by Kevin and allows photographers to pair their speedlight with their favorite diffusion disc for a easy-to-use modifier with beautiful light output.

Westcott Top Pro photographer Kevin Kubota uses the NEW Lunagrip speedlite modifier with high speed sync and natural lighting to capture beautiful senior portraits outdoors. Here, Kevin discusses a bunch of quick tips to help photographers capture professional outdoor images for their clients for ease.

Westcott Top Pro photographer Kevin Kubota uses two NEW LunaGrip speedlite modifiers to capture beautiful senior portraits outdoors. Here, Kevin discusses how he uses shadows and highlights to sculpt his portrait. He uses the LunaGrips to create a beautiful clamshell lighting.