Blasting images into images with Light Blaster

mail_blast_header_250 What do you get when you combine old 35mm slides, a speedlight, a lens, and the genius of the DIYPhotography hackers? You get the brand new Light Blaster: a strobe-based image projector that lets you transform your photos in a flash.

By inserting a 35mm slide into the Blaster and synching it up to your camera it'll project the slide's image wherever you direct it when you release your shutter. You can create textured backgrounds, send secret messages, or give people wings!

You'll need to provide a strobe (any commercial speedlight will do) and a lens to get things working, but if you don't have any old 35mm slides kicking around, or no way easy way of printing any yourself, the Light Blaster team has put together four collections of slides: backdrops, effects, wings, and a totally random selection. When they say totally random, they really do mean it. You have no idea what might turn up in that box.


As for the lens requirement, the Light Blaster is compatible with any EF or EF-S Canon lens out of the box. Only have Nikon lenses to hand? There's an adapter for those. By changing the lens attached to your Blaster, you can alter the expanse of your projection: shorter focal lengths create wider projections, longer focal lengths project your image into a more compact area.

After that, it's all down to your imagination! (Or you can check out what other people have been doing with it, for some inspiration.)

A Canon-mount Light Blaster costs $99; with a Nikon adapter, it's $116. A box of slides is $17. You can learn more and pick up yours from the Light Blaster website.

Master Photography Awards winners

Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez

Seeing as the AoP awards received a bit of (not entirely unwarranted) criticism for their choice of winners, shall we see if the Master Photography Awards can do any better? The Masters awards have a vast array of different categories that cover wedding, commerical, and portrait photography. There are prizes for UK and overseas photographers. Winners are judged on the impact, composition, colour management, and workmanship of their photographs.

This year, the International Photographer of the Year was named as Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez. His work also happened to bag him Overseas Best Image and European Portfolio. Clare Louise was judged the winner of the UK Portfolio prize, whilst the Rest of World Portfolio award went to Keda Z. Feng. James Crockford was honoured with the UK Best Image prize.

Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez

Colin Buck, the chief executive of the Master Photographers Association had this to say about the winners: ‘Huge congratulations go to all our major winners. The competition was especially fierce this year and it seems that, once again, the bar has been raised in terms of imagination and technical expertise. The creativity displayed by the top level of photographers is truly amazing and I’m sure it must act as a huge inspiration for the rest of the industry.’

You can check out the rest of the winners on the MPA website.