The Light Blaster Projects Slides Into Your Photos Using Your Own Flash And Lenses

The Light Blaster Projects Slides Into Your Photos Using Your Own Flash And Lenses

Just five short years ago I interviewed the magnificently-bearded Julius von Bismarck about his Image Fulgurator, a modified 35mm film SLR which would project an image onto whatever it was pointed at using a powerful flashgun. The gimmick was that the device was triggered by the flashes of innocent tourist sheep as they flocked to famous monuments and snapped point-and-shoot pictures.

Invisible to the human eye, Julius’s various pictures and messages would be marked indelibly onto the pixels of these tourist photos. The fact that the Fulgurator looked like a gun just made the whole thing cooler.

Now, there’s a version you can buy. It comes from the folks at DIY Photography, and it’s called the Light Blaster.

The Light Blaster is a small plastic box with a lens mount on one end and a hole for the flash at the other. In between these is held a slot for sliding in 35mm slides or strips of unmounted slide film. Point it at the target and rely on the flash’s built-in slave to fire it in perfect sync with your camera, or use a cable to connect direct.

The Light Blaster Projects Slides Into Your Photos Using Your Own Flash And Lenses

What and why? You can use this to project images onto your photos using kit you already have. The basic Blaster costs $99 and fits Canon lenses, and for $20 more you can get one with an Nikon adapter. Then you can buy various $17 “Effects Kits” which are boxes of pre-made slides for projecting creative backdrops, wings (?) or cool special effects (dragons!).

I think this looks like a lot of fun, and I especially love that the folks from DIY Photography are behind it. Best of all, you can buy the Light Blaster right now.

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