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Photo Contest: Use Lights!

Category: Contest, Video
Feb 04

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This Week’s Photo Contest: Use Lights

Thanks so much to the nearly 600 photographer who entered our last photo contest! There are so many amazing entries, and we’re currently working to send them off to our judges to pick a winner.

For this week’s contest, submit your images taken with artificial lighting. Now, just because you don’t own fancy strobes doesn’t mean you’re out of the game. You can use any source of light that is NOT the sun. This includes lamps, flashlights, car headlights, the possibilities are endless! Be creative with it and submit what you come up with.

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Contest Guidelines:

How to Enter
Simply add your image to a comment below. Please only submit one image each week. You're submitting images to be edited, so don't do too much Photoshop beforehand. We want to teach not just how, but why edits are being made.

How to Win
The person who best exemplifies the contest theme will be the winner. If two entries are close, the amount of likes, comments, and a great description will be the deciding factor. Winners are chosen by the Phlearn team.

By submitting images, you give Phlearn LLC the right to digitally alter your image and display on, and use your image and any resulting derivatives to promote We reserve the right to change the rules whenever we want.

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  • Derek Lawrey

    Used these nice big neon shop lights over head. This was for a local show. I helped assist with the vfx make-up too.

  • Juan Carlos Salgado

    slow shutter speed a flash to freeze de dance and a zoom out to make movement in the lights

  • Jeff Wallace

    Here we go!

  • Yuliya

    Hi! Here is my photo, which I made in studio using mixed light.

  • Joey Cardella

    Christmas Lights are one of my favourite go tos.

  • Guest

    I used a simple lamp.

  • Dennis Gonzalez


  • Carolyn Arredondo
  • Martin Irvine

    I would love to know what processing technique you use to get this great effect.

  • GaryDChapman

    I used 3 flashguns for this shot. 1 in a strip box behind and to models right and 1 in an octobox behind and to the left. The third was in an umbrella boomed above the camera.

  • Guest

    Self portrait, shot with a single flashgun (Yongnuo 560 II) to the left.

  • Chad

    Self portrait, shot with a single flashgun (Yongnuo 560 II) to the left

  • Sam Andrastek


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