Heya guys! DIYPhotography recently sent me a copy of the Light Blaster and here I got the chance to check it out and test it on two of my collectibles. Special thank you to Udi especially who sent me this awesome device!
This image of Hot Toys‘s Selina Kyle and Batman which you will see later were both taken with the help of the Light Blaster.The following walls of text are the results of my own personal opinions/review after a hands-on experience with the Light Blaster.The Light Blaster is both easy and a challenge to set up. It is by itself a unique and interesting creative kit that works like a projector, casting light from a strobe/speedlight onto a slide and then through a lens before casting the image on a wall/backdrop.
Attaching both the lens and the strobe/speedlight onto the Light Blaster’s main body was easy. Fixing the main body onto a light stand was easy. I was genuinely surprised at how sturdy the whole thing came together. Initially, I felt it was too plasticky and light but hoisting the whole thing in one hand proved otherwise after everything was attached. It held its own and both my lens and my speedlight did not fall off the main body. That’s a very good thing! Slotting in the slide for creative backgrounds into the Light Blaster itself was easy too. Everything felt secure and steady.
Now here’s the challenging part. Focusing the lens to get the sharpest image onto a white wall was really tough as I didn’t have a measuring tape with me. Positioning was a little tricky too as placing the Light Blaster at the side, though preventing you from casting the slide’s image onto the figures, made the background image stretched out. Placing the Light Blaster right in front of the figures will cast the slide’s image onto the figures. Not quite what I wanted.
After experimenting with 2 speedlights (one on the Light Blaster and one on a reflective umbrella), I got what I thought would be the perfect placement. And so after almost 73 images of testing and experimenting, the image here was what I got.
Exposure – 1/200 sec at f/22
Focal length – 70mm
ISO – 250
Final words: If you don’t have it, you should get it. But if you’re not the sort who’s patient and into experimenting with photography, mmmmm… well… stay boring then I say, go get one, or rent one, or borrow one. It’s awesome. You can do so much with it! I’m gonna take my time with learning how to use it. It does need some time to get used to. I might want to experiment with smoke and water soon with it. The possibilities are endless. Have a go with it and have fun with it Take note: This was just an experiment. I didn’t really pose both the figures because I was more interested in trying out the Light Blaster. I’ll do a proper shoot once I get the hang of it the Light Blaster.