Westcott Eyelighter is a twinkle in your model’s eye

US-based lighting company FJ Westcott has announced a new specialized reflector designed for portrait photography.

Westcott The Eyelighter

US-based lighting company FJ Westcott has announced a new specialized reflector designed for portrait photography. The Westcott Eyelighter is a relatively small, curved reflector that sits under your subject’s chin and helps open up the shadows in your top-lit headshots.

Westcott The Eyelighter

The accessory is well-suited forĀ so-called “clamshell” or “butterfly” lighting setups, and thanks to its concave aluminium frameĀ will not get in the way of your camera lens during shooting, while creating natural-looking catchlights (reflections) in the eyes of your model. It measuresĀ 147.3 * 84 * 60 cm and weighs three kilograms.

Westcott The Eyelighter

People who need such a bit of kit probably know who they are and can justify the investment, while hobbyists may be put off by its $299.90 price tag (or a slightly ludicrous Ā£330 in the UK). The Eyelighter is available to pre-order from Adorama, B&H Photo, Wex Photographic and regionalĀ Westcott dealers, with release set for 5th June 2014.

What do you think? Can you see yourself adding one to your studio?

David Selby
Based in Paris, France, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a quantitative analyst.
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