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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.


 
  • levitor

    This is pretty cool.

  • Ben Nations

    I could totally get on board with this. Great idea.

  • http://radiancedeluxe.com/ radiancedeluxe

    So this is basically a gobo right? I guess this is interesting if you already have cheap zooms laying around. I wouldn’t hang a 24-70 off that thing though, especially with your average speedlight-worthy lightstand. Seems like a hyper gimmick to me.

  • http://www.intensitystudios.com/ Antonio Carrasco

    If you can’t imagine hundreds of creative uses for a product like this, that reflects more on your lack of creativity than it does on the quality of the product.

    There are hundreds of cheap plastic doohickeys being sold that only serve to separate the noob photographer from his cash. This is not one of them.

  • http://radiancedeluxe.com/ radiancedeluxe

    Yeah, it’s basically a gobo, like I said. it can do what a gobo does.

  • Michael Andrew Broughton

    google “the image fulgurator”. it’s obvious that this thing is based on it and i can’t find any evidence that they didn’t just steal the guy’s intellectual property.

  • MickO

    Where are you getting these gobos that can project actual images? I’m very interested.

  • http://radiancedeluxe.com/ radiancedeluxe

    35mm slide in any gobo set up, look the idea is novel. but I just don’t think I’d put any of my lenses on that thing. I just wouldn’t, one man’s opinion. it looks like something bower would sell, lol.

  • http://www.vonwong.com/ Benjamin Von Wong

    That’s like trying to put a patent on a projector which is the same concept -_-‘ lol

  • Peter D

    Sounds nifty. I might set it up for use with my Sony…um, Penta…oh um Olymp…shit, well I’ll just use my Fuji…hrm…Panason….time to give up on camera accessories…

  • Jarrod

    The Fulgurator was designed with a optical slave to superimpose your image on somebody else’s photo when their flash fired. The idea to use a flash for projection is not new, but this design is quite nice.

  • Michael Andrew Broughton

    no it’s not the same concept as a projector. firing a speedlight through a slide and a camera lens in the same arrangement, including the pistol grip, is way too specific to be coincidence. it’s obvious these guys are profiting from someone else’s ideas and hard work and if they’re doing it without his knowledge they’re scumbags.

  • ms

    hmmm no thanks!

  • Genkakuzai

    That IS pretty cool isn’t it? :D

  • Rene Gesink

    Awesome.. now combine this with a telephoto lens and a lightning trigger, and you have an image fulgurator, as invented by Julias von Bismarck in 2008, taking the idea even one step further: http://www.juliusvonbismarck.com/bank/index.php?/projects/fulgurator-idee/

  • clem

    google “clement briend”, you’ll find many pictures made by flashed projections.

  • NEF2JPG

    Please, just because someone assembled common items in an original way, doesn’t mean it’s a unique property that needs to be paid tribute to by any of the other 7 billion people who comes with a vaguely similar way to assemble them.

  • NEF2JPG

    > including the pistol grip, is way too specific to be coincidence

    Yeah it’s almost like they designed it for users with hands and fingers too !

  • Eugene Chok

    i agree with you, but im still going to get one of these! i cant buy a fulgurator

  • Michael Andrew Broughton

    you can’t buy one, but you can make one for way less than $100.

  • Eugene Chok

    that involves wrecking like my om1 or something? :(

  • Michael Andrew Broughton

    buy a beat up one on ebay.

  • Louie Aguinaldo

    Bought it and all the available kits. The product itself is promising. The transparency kits are sadly of very low resolution and poor printing. When projected you can see the print lines and a lot of flaws. I have to test creating my own slides and transparencies to make the most of the product. Stay away from the Creative Kit with the 35mm slides, it is a rip off. I received a box of slides that are purely terrible snapshots. Not one usable slide.. Just imagine this, ask all the people in your neighborhood to throw all their worst slides into a box and grab a handful and put it in a box and label it creative kit. That’s what I got with that purchase. No exaggeration. More than half are badly composed snapshots of people against uninteresting backgrounds.

  • Nate Opgenorth

    Late to the party I know lol but couldn’t you just hang a cheapy lens off it? I have a handful of cheap glass that I would gladly let take a fall without batting an eye lol