Hands on shooting with the Light Blaster – A Von Wong Review & giveaway

By on July 24, 2013

By now you’ve probably heard of a brand new device that has been released called The Light Blaster. I had the chance to play with this nifty little device ahead of time (gotta have some perks for blogging weekly!) and even be part of the very exciting launch about 2 weeks back. I didn’t actually get the opportunity to talk much about the photoshoot itself so I figured that I’d write about how I lit the shots from the shoots while providing a general review of the product. FYI – this blog post is not sponsored.

For those of you who hadn’t had the chance to see the video, here it is:

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Note: Those fancy transition effects? Done with the help of Rampant Design Tools Style Mattes !

About the blaster

So what is the blaster? Long story short – it’s pretty much a projector that uses the focusing of a lens and power of a speedlight to project whatever you want, wherever you want. Though that may not sound exciting in itself, when you start thinking of it as more of a light shaping tool rather than a projector exciting possibilities open up.

What possibilities you say?

Well in my case, I used it to transform my flat wall into something with depth by projector a simple abstract pattern. I used it to texture the smoke to create exciting streaks.

But what else could you do? You can create a spotlight since you can suddenly focus your beam of light into specific shapes, you could generate patterned shadows (think simulated sunlight streaming through the trees instead of using david hobby’s plant trick), custom backdrops, textures… !And just imagine if you had two!!

Setting the blaster up

When I first prepped for my blaster shoot with model Jen Brook, I had never used the blaster in the past so I actually had no idea what I was doing. We tried on a variety of different lenses to see what effect it would have on the background.

The result? Wider lens = wider background (duh) Bigger aperture = brighter projection (depth doesn’t matter on a flat wall)

Simple physics.

What was a little harder was actually focusing the projection. Though I could have just shone a flashlight into the blaster and carefully focus, I felt lazy and just snapped away while slowly tweaking the focus until it was approximately where I wanted it to be. Waste of battery, but no worries. I had rechargeables.

To make my life even easier, I had my PocketWizard TT5s and AC3 zone controller to remotely control speedlight power from a distance without having to run back and forth. Double win!

Creating the first shot

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Once the background was set, all that remained was to light my subject without diluting the background. This meant that I had to carefully control my lights using a combination of snoots to not only light Jen, but slightly separate her from the background.

This is more or less what the light looked like:

Lightsetup Quick lighting tip:

Having your model look directly at a light source, even a harsh one will ensure that you don’t end up with unpleasantly placed shadows. Don’t trust me? Grab your friend and get them to look directly at the sun and see how the shadows fall!

Creating the second shot

While shooting the first shot, I noticed that the smoke machine I had running made some really exciting streaks that I had never been able to achieve before with a speedlight so we decided to toss Jen in front of the blaster and have her in the centre of the beams of light.

This time around things were even easier, no focusing was quite required, all we had to do was time things properly so we had enough smoke to capture the streaks… but not enough to drown her.

Changing the orientation of the blaster (horizontal/vertical) obviously made a difference in how the streaks were coming through so finding that optimal combination was once again, trial and error.

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Lighting once again was just as simple, a simple speedlight in the foreground with a snoot to light up her face.

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Fun! So what’s the blaster really like?

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Well, the blaster comes in a sexy red hard-shelled case that is quite well built and nicely detailed with the blaster logo ensuring that your device stays well protected in the bag; Not that it really needs it as the blaster is made of a nice solid piece of plastic that feels sleek and smooth in the hands.

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The slide holder itself slides smoothly into place and is specifically designed to hold the various creative kits available so no complaints there either.

There’s a 1/4″ thread for you to screw a light stand in that’s well placed for the centre of gravity and works perfectly.

From a build quality perspective, the one piece I found a pain to use is the generic Nikon adapter. I dunno if I’m completely daft but getting a hold of which button did what was really not obvious for me (who needs instruction manuals!) so for any nikon shooters out there, here’s a little diagram to save you the trouble:

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In Conclusion, TL/DR’

Overall, a product that delivers and works as it’s supposed to. It unlocks some really cool possibilities that frankly I wouldn’t know how to do otherwise. So what are the cons?

Well there aren’t many to be frank but if I were to nitpick on things I would like to see they would be:

 

  • I wish that there was more power. I like shooting on location, not in studio and speedlights just don’t pack enough of a punch. I’m sure I could mcguyver a solution though to strap a strobe onto the blaster
  • I wish there was autofocus. Focusing is a pain in the butt and I’d love to have an autofocus edition of this… (but not pay the price difference for it.)

 

Who would I recommend this to?

While I can think of a whole bunch of people who would enjoy this I find it easier to instead to name people that I think would NOT like the Light Blaster:

So people who:

  • do not know how to use off camera lighting
  • do not own an extra lens or speedlight
  • hate setting things up and want to run and gun
  • are looking for something natural… Nat-geo style
  • don’t like fiddling with new toys
  • do not have an extra 100$ to invest in photographyThen the blaster is not for you.

Besides that… I can’t really think of anyone that can’t find a use for it… weather it’s weddings, family portraits, environmental shots, fashion, products… I think that anyone can definitely find a use for the Light Blaster. What that is, is really limited by your imagination.

If you guys are curious enough by the end of this post to go grab one and try it out, head over to this link here. Once again, I am not paid to write this, nor am I receiving any sort of affiliate sales.

THE GIVEAWAY!

And finally the moment you’ve all been waiting for. I actually have an extra blaster (Nikon/Canon) (+ 4x creative kits) to give away so if you happen to be one of those poor photographers that’s dying to get your hands on one to try it out, simply share this post and leave a comment on what you’d like to do with the blaster.

The one that intrigues me most wins! Oh, and I’ll also feature the final results on this blog when the shots are ready :)

 

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  • Brett Schumann

    Who would not like a little more creativity in their bag :D

  • Marius Budu

    I love this thing! It would do wonders for my nude photography, both as background elements and as figure-lighting possibilities!

    Since I mostly work in my studio against plain backgrounds, this would definitely add a new layer of intrigue and depth to the images: http://www.mariusbudu.com

    Cheers! :)

  • Kallizm

    I would love to put this to use with some new composite artwork that I’m working on. I recently decided to take my photography and artwork to the next level and using it as just a a hobby. I’ll be building a portfolio over the next 4 months and would definitely put this Lightblaster to work.

  • email2me

    This will definitely spice up my boring studio portrait shoot!

  • Rich Gedney

    I would like to Blast Dean Treadway of Movie Geeks United in a black and white photo shoot in and around Atlanta. Specially at our last drive in Movie Theatre. Plus it would help Dean get some more exposure,pardon the pun, for his web site Filmicability and Movie Geeks United. That’s what I would do. That and having the ability to yell at the top of my lungs,prior to the shoot,”Blast Him, Blast Him” ;-)

  • Bartek Lech

    Something similar to your 2nd shot but outside in the forest. Around dusk/early night, use of smoke as well to give more depth to the image. Perhaps play about with wild animals if we can get access to one. Play around with DOF as well (maybe some brenizer with 200mm f2.8). Overall something pretty dark, model must have a dark hair as well OR not if we want something different. Use of old, torn clothes could add to the moodiness (dresses, jackets, shirts etc). With this device one can really create something cool and I’m up for the challenge! =D

  • Sam

    I’ve always struggled with coming up with unique and creative ideas for photo booth backdrops (mostly for weddings), and I think the light blaster would be awesome to spice up a dark background. I can have one plain backdrop and create multiple patterns to make it different for each client.

  • Lorianne Ratté

    I have been drooling over a blaster for a while and I know it would totally help me get rad portraits! Imagine if you gel it? That would just give sick results!

  • Bob

    This would be amazing for a new project I’m starting using a minimal/portable lighting setup to shoot 5 minute portraits of fellow riders while I’m out touring on my motorcycle… The project is called The Roadside Sessions…

  • Devin Manky

    This thing looks cool! I would like to use the lightblaster on the mountaintop where I live and do a lot of shooting. I think in a forest at night you could setup some speedlights and use the light blaster to add a texture to the trees and ground that would give the forest an even more surreal look to it. I am currently working on a series of ‘lost in the woods’ shots and I think this would really add to the drama! Thanks for the review. Post shared!

  • Charlene

    Lots of ideas percolating involving mostly dancers. But what really has my knickers in a twist is the notion that I can finally put to use the boxes & boxes of 35mm slides my mother in law insisted my husband take. There are some trippy 60’s & 70’s slides to be played with :) Downside-I’d have to admit my mother in law was right.

  • Rachael Saltzman

    Oooh, wild. I keep looking for new things that will help me move in a more creative direction, this definitely looks like one of them.

  • John Burrows

    A very interesting device he is giving away. This would be a very cool little gadget to have for my photography classroom. I have a bunch of ideas related to making the classic school pictures more interesting to adding drama to sports portraits. But what gets me really excited is not knowing what my students will come up with. I learn so much from their willingness to try anything. Kids love breaking the rules and photography is a great way for them to do just that.

  • AdamMcCoyPhotography

    Plexiglass. Box. Blaster. 2 Speedlights. I build a plexiglass box or a box with a plexiglass top. The Light Blaster will be placed inside the box aimed upwards. One speedlight directly behind subject for some halo effect and one slightly to the left or right of model. I will do this regardless of whether or not I win. ;) I will also probably end up switching around the lights. For instance, the blaster front lighting with a speedlight underneath the model, and so forth.

  • sfishphotography

    My upcoming fashion shoot!!!

  • Jonathan Martin McInnis

    If I had a Light Blaster, I would add it into my Senior and Engagement shoots where somewhere behind the subjects, I would have my assistant quickly squeeze a bottle of baby powder in the air to give a fog machine effect and then shoot patterns through the “fog”.

  • David J. Crewe

    I’d use the Light Blaster for some really fun effects on otherwise standard headshots and fashion work! It seems like there’s a pretty wide variety of things you can do with this tool that would add a lot of fun and emotion to a pretty standard shoot.

  • Patrycja Wisniewska

    I had four crazy dogs (jack russell terrier) which I love to shoot. And I have more close friends with others crazy dogs too. Light Bluser would suit me with night – wood session where dogs could play different rules – like in fairy tale. The effects could be stunning :)

  • dennis vandermeersch

    I would love to try this in one of my underwater shots. Shooting on a night dive with one of these behind an octopus or a wandering lobster should give great power with those line patterns. Cool toy!

  • Christian

    I’d shoot a model in the forest with it (model hunting, photo style :-)). That would be nice to play with that thing. Thank you for showing us that!

  • Emma Booth

    I’m a student of make up design this year with a tutor that is convinced the best thing for photographing our work is two lights pointed straight at the subject – flat and boring! I think things like this might help convince her otherwise!

  • Robythoth

    I love it!!!! The idea? I’ve got a little baby, my daughter… I
    thought… why not to shoot her surrounded by a magical dreamland, maybe
    some fairies… Or some magical fishes… like the balls that projects
    images on the ceiling…

    I know she would have a dreaming gaze on the wall with that light blaster… It’s like a magical-projector-wand… :D

  • Nadia Zheng

    I’d like to shoot my paper projects with it!!! ah ah it’s so cool!!!

  • Kent

    This thing is perfect for those creative editorial photos

  • Sajeev De Silva
  • Jose del Castillo

    Cool gadget! I’m thinking about taking it underwater and see what happens…. or, single light setup, subjects lit from above facing the light

  • Euan Mclay

    Id use it to finally give that extra BOOOOOM to portraitures i do. Everyone needs the vonwong effect ;D

  • firebirdphoto

    I’d use it to shoot people in front of architecture that no longer exists, almost like the danger room in X-men!

  • island.cracker

    picturing a post-apocalyptic scene backlit with the light blaster, fog machine and a few soldiers of fortune and plenty of destruction. Maybe.

  • Santiago Villamil

    I would love to illustrate The Neverending Story just how I imagine most of the crossings. And I find this quite useful.

  • Solange Desjardins

    I would use it to make art nouveau pattern behind my models <3 http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bv9j70RHCXk/TV1hKAC28BI/AAAAAAAAAQo/qiN5uqFPJVE/s400/mucha2.jpg

  • alex

    i would use the light blaster to shoot all the vampires. When i extinguish the eternal dead and save the world from the blood suckers i would set up a shoot which mimics a trapped mermaid inside a fish bowl. The light blaster image would be of silhouettes of goldfish and comical aquarium pieces. Feel free to do this shoot providing you do it in sydney. :)

  • David Setter

    I would love to bounce weird shit all over the place and shoot like crazy to see what I can get!!!

  • Sylvain

    Can’t say how many ideas I have now… thx for this post

  • David Ian Bautista

    Once I get to own one of these, I plan on doing a personal project incorporating the family collection of 35mm from yester years. Maybe create some custom slides with typography.
    Obtain multiple Blasters, project various images / patterns and just go crazy with them!

    If they can really cut down on editing time, I’m all for it.

  • Trixyloup Wolf

    i would lend it to my 2 bets friend photographer (minh doan and melanie wolferin in a share keep)

    ilike them both <3 wish i could win it so ill have more awsome picture from them with them !!!!!

    and make experiance with it iam sure we would have a blast!!!!

    in the nature in the dark beside water

    i could not wait to try it everywere!!!!

  • JeffH

    I have an art projector for this sort of thing, but it’s fairly large. Not very portable. Thanks for the post.

  • triplerivera .

    OMG THIS WOULD BE GREAT FOR MY VFX ART WORK LESS POST PROCESSING AND MORE TIME TAKING PHOTOS.

  • Paul Monaghan

    I would love something like this, even though I would have to use an adapter to fit some pentax lens (come on guys.. some love!)

    There are so many things this could be used for, especially if you were to make your own slides/gobo’s.. in fact it would have been great for the boudoir shots I did the other day for a friend.
    It’s a little hard to think of all the creative possibility this could bring not just to portraiture but even product shots and with some high powered led it could even be nice for video stuff (currently working on a movie called Four with some friends) so while I can’t just say one think would use this for as there are many, and is defo something I want to pick up at some point.

  • Michael Chidiac

    I played around quite a bit with setting up flashes during DJ performances (I mainly shoot EDM shows). I’ve been wanting to take it a step further but I haven’t figured out what to do until i saw this device. I’d love to take it on the road and shoot some creative live DJing action with the blaster.

  • Jen Hammer

    I would definitely love to get my hands on one of these babies to push my creativity a little bit further. It will definitely add to my basic backgrounds and allow me to put models in space. Shoot for the stars land on the moon.

  • Db Thump

    I have no idea what I’d be able to do with this, but I would certainly like to give one a try. There are so many gadgets I don’t have, too many things that can be purchased, nothing that can make me a better photographer.

  • Jasper Da Seymour

    This would be ideal to use in my underground sessions, slave control is great but this would amplify what i can achieve with my acrobatic light painting photography, this would be an incredible tool which i would no doubt use every session ,JD

  • kenyee

    “light graffiti” on walls of historic buildings

  • Spilt Sugar

    Such a cool toy! Totally shared and hope to win one to play with! :)

  • Jess S.

    I think this would be cool to use for my graphic design project shooting typography. But who knows? Maybe I could use it to scare cyclists off the road. lol

  • Ivan Sosa

    i’m new in this new world called photography. i’m sutdying photography at ansel adams academy and i would die if i got this lightblaster, i want everything you use they all look amazing, but it’s almost impossible, everything is to expensive for humans. jeje i hope i win this.

  • Kevin C.

    Bat signal.

  • Tyler Metroff

    The first thing I would use this for would be to possibly recreate this image or something similar:
    http://www.ifc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/star-wars-0081.jpeg

    And it would also be fun to incorporate this into some light writing.

  • Mateusz

    I Would Love to create spooky light and shadow creatures….

  • PhotoRobyn

    I would mutter “Master Blaster… Master Blaster” every time I used it. XD

  • Báthori Zsigmond

    really, with those slide you can insert in this light-blaster, your visual imagination is just got extended. I am not very good with PS, but adding textures and light pattern at the shooting location, on your background or even you model is at reach now! Smart device indeed!

  • Louis Weijl

    For use of my conceptual photoshoots.

  • Louis Weijl

    As a pro photographer ánd a volunteer for the local historical museum we try to develop concepts of how to emphasize touristic places of our village in a new and completely different way. In the past we already created artificial rain in the main street during the dry season. The next plan is to use fire, smoke, ánd light effects to bring out other parts of the museum in the spotlight such as the well, the smitty, etc. Every place will have its own concept (water, colored pwosders, smoke, fire, fireworks, etc. or a mixture of these) and together all these shoots will form a connection which will form a coherent group of images for our next exhibition.

  • GemmieV

    Shared on facebook :) I would use this on a black background to look like stars and photograph one of my baby clients with their back to the camera, holding a teddy and looking up into the ‘stars’ :)

  • MartinaZ

    I would shoot fine art with glamour elements at the edge of the wood and light misterious pattern on the leafs behind the subject, so the whole look would be dark and intriguing.

    And another one I would think of a way to shoot a model lying in a still pond and having pattern around her but not on her. Perhaps mask it or shot from underneath, I dont know yet.

  • Sue Pelley

    I would be trying many different projects with it. I could use a new photography toy with endless possiblties. What fun! I could fill my blog with the out come of all my photo shoots and share my imagination.

  • MélanieWolfrin

    I will definitely make lifetime picture. It will allow me to create stories with my models. I will bring out all the good in this tool to create the best photos I can come out with. It will allow me to explore the night. Pierce trough the darkness and enhance my skills. I would be able to explore infinite possibilities by playing with the lights. That it be outdoor or indoor. I would like to test everything. Create new stock photos in my collection; new background for the model; bring the imagination out; make an unknown world; have common life twisted by the lights. That will be all I will do and more I am sure of it! Thank you. (shared on facebook)

  • Fouda

    I’d use it especially for themed studio shoots, ESPECIALLY vintage! :D

    Mobsters, casinos, 70s summer :)
    emulating window light

    I’d also “mcgyver” it to fit a strobe through a narrow-snoot & see what the projection would look like with ;D 1000ws

  • Haristobald

    I will go further with my serie “super heroes and famous figures” using that stuff instead of my DIY speedlight projector. Like I did here: http://haristobald.blogspot.be/2012/02/3-superman.html

  • Ghostdancer

    I used to use a 35mm slide projector back in the day, this would make life a whole lot easier. Ah the creative possibilities.

  • Memories in Time MN

    I would use this to take middle school football and lacrosse pics. The high school guys get everything, great uniforms, great pics (both individual and team), great equipment. A bunch of young athletes who play their HEARTS out, deserve something AWESOME!

  • Nuno Caldeira

    very interesting gear. I would try to use it on small buildings or urban landscape. would make custom slides with the photoframe previously choosen, make a slide with only the parts i want the design (patterns of crosses/points/lines/persons, whatever on the building wall only and let the rest of the the building with no flash) to be on and try the shooting at exactly the same spot to see if the “selective flash design” works. Must be a very interesting technique to try out, they usually do it in video projection on buildings, by creating mask along windows, doors or other parts of a building.

  • cindip

    I lightpainted for a few years, have switched to taking daytime photos, haha. I would love to get a light blaster so I can get back out and do some shooting at night and throw some light around! woohoo

  • Danny Bailey

    Tripping the light fantastic !!

  • Spencer Hughes

    I’m an urban explorer and light painter. I’d love to take this into some abondoned buildings and project images onto the walls. Often I include models in my shoots (or myself when no models are available) The lightblaster would provide depth and interest to my photos. Because it uses standard slides, I’m interested in how slides I currently own would look. Recently, I picked up some interesting street photography slides that appear to be from the early 80s.

  • Kaway Lau Gan

    I would like to use with smoke… Looks Interesting…

  • Lisa Holleman Warren

    I would be able to create some awesome shots!

  • Richard Parker

    I’ve wanted to try some light painting in a graveyard at some point. It’d be really cool to try aiming it at a grave stone to represent a memory or something.

  • Kevin Van Haesendonck

    That seems really interesting. Can’t wait to try it out!

  • maxikuss

    I would love to do more potraits and “Dat” lightblaster looks awesome! my dream is to be able to live of photography, so a nice collection of props is allways a good start! you are welcome to se some of my work at markusphotography.dk if you want ;) btw. you are awesome vonwong you do so much inspiring stuff, keep up the good work!

  • http://www.sebastianmikita.com/ Bazo

    I never use something like LightBlaster or Gobo I would like to try this at home for my portrait projects :)

  • Salvador Peña

    I was thinking in making some smoke with a smoke machine and lightblast some ghosts and shadows in the air, to create a scarry kind of shot. Nice work, always admire your talent.

  • Mark Redman

    Just getting into off camera lighting, would love to start off being able to use funky lighting!

  • Jeremy

    Would die to get my hands on one of these gadgets! Imagining all the fun I would have with it :$

  • jackThe7th

    Looking to build up a studio for use with my clients. I run a website and smart phone app company and great photography is a must for producing high quality work. We often need very specific photos, and this product would help our clients’ sites have that much more of an edge. Photography equipment is expensive and we are fairly new, so any savings are extremely helpful! We are all inspired by your work here and I send your videos to lots of people who are all very amazed!

  • Shane Murphy

    Gotta give one of these a try. Think of all the endless possibilities. Thanks for the very interesting blog post, as always. I’m wondering could I incorporate one of these outside on a dark night with a fire element too? You’re giving me so many ideas.

  • MarkFore

    With the ability to focus the light like this I would use it like a fresnel light source and try to capture a modern day film noir fashion shoot for my friends clothing brand.

  • Pulasthi Bandara

    sun rays in the studio, multi colored gels and can make my own disco. from a lamp post to a fake window, the possibilities are endless. I currently shooting products for a local clothing brand, on location setup studio. This will be really useful.

    regards from : Sri Lanka

  • Vlad Moldovean

    i am thinking of projecting patter on a a nude model so you can see the body just because of the deformation of the pattern

  • Gregory Clarke

    As I am getting into the portrait section of my photography studies, I would use this to complete my first real portrait shoot and blow my instructor out of the water!!!! I guess assuming he’s an aquatic based being! This looks like a great tool to add to my small but growing kit. Would love to rock my portrait assignment with this!!!

  • Raimond Makara

    would use this to make my bedroom a better studio were would everything be possible

  • Drew

    Set it to trigger as an optical slave, then position it near a speedcamera on the road. As cars trigger the speed trap, the Blaster projects “busted” on the vehicle or nearby wall.

  • Yvette van Teeffelen

    I think it would be a great tool to use in the studio for portrait assignments and to set myself apart from other photographers :) There are so many different options to use this with, on the background, on the person and I love the the way you used it with the smoke (in that case I finally have a reason to get myself that smoke machine…).

  • Erik W

    Huge Stage Lighting can Be made wif this thing i suppose… without having extra bunch of money to bring those high tech continous lighting… dont u think Ben??

  • Rob Casey

    As soon as i get one or two of these, i want to try to do a series of images on projected tattoos.

  • Bradley Stearn

    If I won the blaster I would use it to shoot photos of musicians or bands!

  • Jay Scott

    One of the first things that came to mind for using this tool would be in photographing my peers, fellow wheelchair users, using printed slides to project photos of locations they could never get to by wheelchair. Those locations can be shot with the appropriate lens from a distance to provide the scenic photo of the location then projected onto white seamless with the subject positioned properly on the seamless, lit appropriately and placed anywhere in the scene.

    It may not look the same as a composite but it was my first thought for a unique way to use it and hopefully create the illusion of wheelchair users in locations they could never get to.

  • Cyril Rana

    I always wanted to try out a projector. If i win, i would definitely use it in both in photography and my films.

  • Christoper Carlos

    #1 I want to use a smoke/fog machine and see what effects i can get with the light blaster indoors and outdoors

    #2 I have an idea to blast geometric patterns (such as hanging slats) at an angle, in front of my victim.

  • Kessler la cruz

    I want to try it for water shoots projecting figures/images on water drops or water curtain.

    thanks advance ;)

  • Norbert Erdei

    I want to shoot riders with their bikes / bicycles projected on them.

  • Tripp47

    I want to do a retro/Hurrell type shoot and use the blaster to help create that Hollywood look and feel.

  • micha8583

    I*d like to recreate some scenes from 9 1/2 Weeks…
    and reinact some Arielle- type scenes under water (w/o the actual water, of course).

  • David MacKenzie

    I have been looking for a way to use speed lights and shaping light for a long time! The only way I could figure out was with solid lights…a hot and painful process with lots of soft focus!!! This is the answer to all my body scape texturing prayers!!! Even if I do not win this hats off to you Vong!!! Once again you have put ‘P’ in my passion! Wait…that didn’t sound right.

  • rhaphazard

    I’d like to do some top-down lighting with patterns showing up on the floor and parts of the model’s body being in shadow.

  • NV-Photography

    I don’t have a clue what i would do with it at the moment but i want to try it, learn it and love it

  • http://DChinPhoto.com/ David Chin

    This could open up a whole new realm of possibilities for my portrait work. I’m currently working with a high school senior for her portraits and she wants to do something reminiscent of a fairy among trees along a river. The light blaster could definitely help add some ethereal elements to the scene.

  • Shane Fenton

    This would be for a series of images focused on varying colour tones.
    On the top of a backdrop I would like to have the fog/mist from the dry ice fall down over the backdrop (kind of like a waterfall), then with the Light blaster projecting through the mist, it will create a variety of different effects.
    Obviously each colour tone shoot will be different from the other.

    On a completely different suggestion, the Light Blaster would be amazing for product photography, the applications that could be use to highlight various products is limitless.

  • Chris Nguyen

    It’d be cool to use it to make cool catch lights.

  • Braxton Klavins

    Well I do love messing around with lights, and would love using this devise. As of right now, I do not need nor can use it. The reason is because I only have 1 lens and that is the 50mm f/1.8G. I am actually thinking of how long I can go with just using a 50mm because I only really do fashion/studio shoots where the 50 is all I need.
    And then buying the ol kit lens just to use it on this would make me want to use it probably all the time.

    I love what you are doing and your work, it has been very inspirational!
    Thank you on this offer but I cannot accept it :)

  • Ainars Mazjanis

    Such a cool thing, would love to play with it.

    Master Blaster – I need you in my life :D

  • Lars Dahlin

    OK, so you want a intriguing comment so I can get my Lightblaster…

    I need the Lightblaster so I can shoot really nice pictures together with some of my stunt friends. We have already made a couple of movies together and now is the time to freeze the action into cool pictures with yet cooler backgrounds. You have to send the Lightblaster to me so you can get to see the result. You wont regret it…

    Oh, I almost forgot. I live in Sweden so be prepared to see pictures of tall blondes in the pictures too…

  • Frederic Paulo Tutor

    The Best light modifier yet.

    I’ll use it to enhance my Fashion & Glamour Portfolio and I know my portfolio will be perfected if have This maginificent The Light Blaster!

  • will pursell

    project massive images on city landscapes

  • Lima_Oscar

    neat!

    I would like to do something in the sky. I am a commercial pilot/flight instructor so I’d like to try something with formation flying, landings, or static pictures of aircraft on the tarmac.

    Now don’t let the whole commercial pilot title lead you to believe that I am well off.
    In fact, becoming a pilot has led me to be the complete opposite! lol

  • LeBin Teo

    The only limitation is your imagination!

  • Bats Meksyphet

    What wouldn’t I try to do with it?! I guess first off would be seeing what it could add to light painting machines in an urbanscape then machines in nature-esque-scape.

  • Bats Meksyphet

    …and by machines, I mainly mean motorcycles…

  • Teerapat Xixi

    I’d love to fly in my room studio for my self portrait.

  • Steve Staffan

    I would try some interesting shots with my automotive photography, Projecting light trails, cityscapes, etc. I know I could make something badass!

  • Mikee1s Hifumi

    I want to try to use with my 35mm film and create my own creative kits on portrait sessions!

  • Mark B

    I do automotive photography – would love to use this to project something interesting against a brick wall behind a car I’m shooting

  • David Wiewel

    I’d light up the background for band photos!

  • Pedro Fernández

    I want my portraits to turn more 80’esque :D

  • david verbrugghe

    wow this cn ad some serious dept to plain old portrait’s in studio.
    this has no limit’s! you can get allot out of this.

    would love to push myself over the egde and get te most out of it

  • Jay

    I’d get creative with our four week old baby chickens on our farm…

  • Half Pint

    old barn, pitch fork and zombie….epic! (don’t forget the light blaster) :)

  • Robbert Dijkstra

    Want to create something magical the day I would propose to my girlfriend, this just might do the trick ;)

  • Christoffer Bjerregaard

    I love lightpainting, and i would be able to create amazing images with this tool! Anything that can boost my creative capability is welcome in my collection of light tools!

  • Matthew Paquin

    I’m in the very early stages of building a sci-fi set for a shoot and would love to use the Blaster to make my basement ‘larger on the inside’. (test shot with stand-in model: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-FJ0JC8iLt9TFF2Q21pSzVsN2c/edit?usp=sharing).

    I also have a ‘super heroes’ shoot in the works that it would be extremely helpful for. It would be helpful for making somebody appear to be flying, without the photoshop hassle of getting sky between every bit of loose hair. It would be great for giving somebody a textured invisible look, and combined with fog perfect for a “powering up” shot.

  • sikdave

    Love to hack this up, attach a strobe to it, and paint some architecture at night.

  • Hao Greg Yin

    I would be intrigued to use it for product photography, especially food and BEER! Anyhow, this Light Blaster will emphasize my motto which is always to Inspire, Innovate and Motivate!

  • Scott Kuo

    I would love to use this in portrait shoot. Man I wish I wish for it!!

  • Nick Keck

    I’d use this light to create some super-creative band promotional pictures! Bands always love dramatic silhouette-type lighting and the streams would create an amazing effect that they would love! I’d also use this light to get some awesome backlit effects on subjects in light painting pictures!

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  • Paulo Hod

    I’d add it to my photo-a-day project list and shoot with it for a week to see how my use of it develops over that time.

  • James Lawson-Smith

    I would love to use this to this when I goto one of the biggest Cosplay events here in Ireland in November. Think it would add an extra dimension to the shots.

  • Jelina

    I would love to win this so I can use it in my self-portraits. I’m going to study photography next year, and I don’t have a model to shoot or use my lights on. And I love to shoot off-camera flash! So it would be fun to have this and use it ;)

  • John Smith

    I would like to use this to create a mysterious portait style shoot in one of the beach caves here in Okinawa at night. Throw some dry ice in the water for a foggy effect, get a model with long, dark hair, and a long dress we could blow around with a reflector. We could create some epiclisious art!… Yes epiclisious is a word!

  • Amanda Dugan

    I don’t know how intriguing my answer is, but I would love to either find or make a (reliable) underwater housing for the Light Blaster and use it to backlight a model in the ocean, either open ocean or backlighting through the kelp beds. Of course with assistants and safety divers.

  • Peter Tsai

    I would love to blast Von Wong with some crazy patterned light in different colors!

  • Kewal Rai

    Pretty much wanna try it out in a forest scene and make the place look out of this world. But so much possibility with this gear to test and play around,

  • Sujanto Huang

    You’ve enlighten me in many way master.. Can you pass me your extra light saber of yours, so I can learn and practice more to be a good jedi just like you.. Let there be light upon us all..

  • http://intergalacticphotographic.com/ Matt Kaiser

    Is the giveaway still active? If so I’d like to put in my submission. Why would I like one you ask? Great question. You see, I’m gather together of force of elite, highly trained troops ready at a moment’s notice to save us all from the undoubted alien invasion forthcoming. After we ever so heroically save the rest of the galaxy from this marauding band of alien war mongers I shall take my rightful place as Emperor of the Galaxy and reign over—-wait, what’s that? You’re saying it’s NOT a blaster like the those troopers with terrible aim from Star Wars have? Oh, well, ehem…….right then. Nothing to see here.

    Seriously though, I’ve got a portraits class (plus several other photo classes) coming up this fall that I think it’d be really cool to have one these Light Blasters (not the trooper blasters) for. Just the couple of examples you’ve posted here have already got the gears in my mind spinning about with ideas. And I hope you enjoyed the story! Or at least found it amusing, that works too.

  • Sean A Russell

    So Cool. The Blaster reminds me of using a gobo pattern in a leko for theatre designs. This would be so much better on a shoot, in a speedlight it would be the same color temperature as the rest, more compact, no heat. I’ll have to look up what patterns are available.

    Begs to be used for some film noir inspired portraits.

  • herman

    I would like to make fantasy picture if i’ve got this light blaster. In my imagination, my models were capture in misterious place. Since it’s using speed light to light the projection, it’s easy to took it on location, it will extend the creativity to no boundary.

  • Jimmy Lau

    I am interested in using the Light Blaster for interaction between a subject and the image projected by the Light Blaster on a wall, not just as a fancy background. For example, I would take a picture of a subject running and project that image with a 35mm slide in the Light Blaster. The actual shot would be of the subject running away from himself (as depicted by the projected image in the background of him running, which was taken earlier).

  • Ted Chan

    Because I am a total gearhead and I NEED one! I love dramatic lighting and this tool looks like a great bit of kit to spice up my sets. I run workshops for amateur photographers, so all my students could benefit from playing with this too!

  • Beth D

    I would use the Light Blaster to create dark, moody, surreal photographs without all the compositing I’m doing now. I would also love to try it outside to create something sinister yet beautiful at the same time.

  • Shawn

    This looks really interesting! I certainly see a use making senior portraits interesting, but adding a bit of texture to my Lifted by the Light umbrella series would probably be where I put it to good work most awesome. Throw some gels in there too and I bet things could get really unique. I’d even get a model back into a drainage pipe to try out some textures in there.

  • Dixpix

    If you want the real deal (and the power the blaster is missing) get the Profoto ZoomSpot Flash Head. Of course you can shoot the subject on white, close crop and use any background you wish. Hollywood does it everyday – it’s called “green screen”. (I use “white screen”)

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