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Light Blaster Turns Your Flash and Lens Into a Slide Projector

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Earlier today, the folks over at DIYPhotography announced a revolutionary new product that they believe will “push your creative potential to the max.” It’s called the Light Blaster, and it’s a light modifier that, with some help from one of your lenses and a speedlight, can project a 35mm slide or transparency into your image the moment you click your shutter.

Several photographers were given a chance to try out the Light Blaster before it was announced today, and each of them used it in a slightly different way.

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Benjamin Von Wong first projected a pattern onto his standard white studio background, and then used the blaster to capture shaped light streaming out from behind his model. Portrait photographer Jill Rosell took a different approach, and told the story of a woman missing her lost grandfather by projecting an old photo over her heart.

Check out those two behind the scenes videos here:

Whatever you choose to do with it, the photographers who have tried it all seem to agree that the Light Blaster offers a lot in way of potential.

Price-wise, Canon shooters get the best deal. Because the Light Blaster is designed to work with Canon lenses out of the box (and assuming you have a speedlight lying around) all you need to do is purchase the standard Blaster for $99. If you shoot Nikon, a $17 lens adapter is available to bridge the gap. And if you want the most control, there’s even a $19 Pistol Grip accessory that lets you quite literally “point and shoot” with your Blaster.

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The Light Blaster will work with any 35mm slides you have stored away, however, if can also accept unframed slides (or negatives) and home printed transparencies (click here for a template).

If none of those are an option, your last resort is to purchase one of the company’s own boxes of pre-printed transparencies for $17 — you’re given a choice between backgrounds, patterns, wings and a set of random 35mm slides for those of you who like to live dangerously.

Here are a few sample shots taken using the blaster:

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To learn more about the Light Blaster, watch more videos, see more sample picture and maybe pick one up for yourself, head over to the product’s website by clicking here.