Check out this corporate headshot photography tutorial using continuous lighting from Westcott. For this portrait photoshoot, we are using the new Westcott L60-B continuous lights.
This is a real client with real requirements for this on-location shoot. This behind the scenes photoshoot will showcase how we work with the client and the final images we created for them.
Why did we choose continuous light for this photoshoot?
The Westcott L60-B’s were the perfect tool for this task because of the ability to run on AC power or run on batteries. If you’re in your studio or in a location with access to outlets, great. For this shoot, we were in an old semi-abandoned warehouse, so we used the battery power option (Sony batteries, standard off-the-shelf) on the lights.
We had the lights running at 100% power for about two straight hours, and they did start to die towards the end of the shoot, but overall I was really pleased with the battery life.
The other reason we chose the L60-B’s was the small form factor and portability. The 3-light kit fit in the Westcott backpack, and it was incredibly lightweight.
What I love about the Westcott L60-B continuous lights
One of the things I like about these lights is that you can quickly and easily change the color temperature from 2,700 all the way up to 6,500 Kelvin. For this shoot, we worked at about 5,500 Kelvin.
The lights are also Bluetooth enabled and completely dimmable all the way to 100%. Another cool feature is the grip on the lights that allows them to be handheld.
In addition to all that, these lights work with the Westcott Switch system of softboxes and inserts, so you can use all the existing softboxes in your collection as long as you have the adapter.
Overall, I think the lights performed incredibly well. I was quite surprised to see that they put out enough power to light the images at f/5.6 – check out those images below. The group shot turned out fantastic. We were still able to move the lights away and shoot at f/4. Then what I did was I took a bunch of shots where the front row was in focus, then another set where the back row was in focus. That way if anyone’s a little soft we can merge them in post-production.
Check out the final images below! If you’re in the market for a new set of portable continuous lights, I highly recommend adding the Westcott L60-B’s to your kit.