The very lucky winner of the Ice Light is:
Thank you everyone. We hope to have more exciting products from Westcott to share with you and give away in the future.
What is an “Ice Light?”
When Westcott sent me an Ice Light to try, my husband saw it and immediately asked “why are you holding a Lightsaber?” And yes, I suppose it does resemble one. But the truth is that this oddly shaped light is lightweight, transportable, and meant for photographers, not Star Wars fans.
You can adjust the brightness and it’s daylight balanced. It attaches to light stands or you can simply hold it. Jerry Ghionis designed this light for Westcott, as a portable, rechargeable, continuous lighting source. And it is just that.
My Initial Impressions
Fun, lightweight, and the quality of light is very nice. I am 99.9% a natural light shooter – and I add light using our Photoshop actions or Lightroom presets as needed. Many years ago, I used strobes when I had a product photography business, but since 2006 MCP Actions is my full time job. Photographing my kids, nature and wildlife, is more for pleasure than pay. In fact I no longer have strobes – just a few speed lights and reflectors. So for me, I am interested in the Ice Light as a quickly accessible tool that does not take up much space in my office or home, and something I can pop in my camera bag should the need arise.
I’ve only practiced with it a few times so far. But I see it having a place in my photography, for the reasons noted above. The major downside I see to buying one of these: price. It is expensive for a small, saber-like light. And truthfully, when I used it, I wished I had a second one simultaneously. If you are a professional and shooting models or high school seniors on location, these may be the ideal quick lighting source you need. If you have limited space and mostly shoot with natural light, but want a daylight balanced light source to add in, definitely consider these. If you photograph young kids, it may be hard, as they will want to play with it. They aren’t going to just let you use it – they’ll want your toy.
As I mentioned above, I definitely am not seasoned with the use of lights, but I’ve included a few of my daughter Jenna taken in near darkness in my home. I wanted to see if it could help me in low-light indoor situations. And compared to not using any light at all, for my first try, I was pretty happy. I just need more practice.
Here are two professional images taken with an Ice Light:
photo by Rick Sammon
Are you ready to win an Ice Light?
Entering is easy!
- Check out the Ice Light, and then leave a comment on our blog post and let us know “In what type of photography do you think the Ice Light would be most useful and how could it help you get better images?”
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Are you the winner?
- The contest ends on June 23rd. Check back to see if you are the lucky winner – it will be announced at the top of this post that night.