Sometimes an experimental idea turns out to be a stunning success. This was something like that.
Coming up with new and interesting ways to improve your portraits in the studio can sometimes be challenging. You feel like you’re just going through the motions session after session. Photographer, Joe Edelman, recently posted a video about the Light Blaster and how it can help you get more creative in the studio, to project shapes and even entire scenes onto your backdrop or subject.
In Joe’s newest video, he takes things a little more three dimensional. As well as providing tips on how to make and use cardboard or foamcore gobos, Joe also shows how we can use household objects to add unique interest to the background. Dog chew toys, a toddler’s toy wheelbarrow, house plants, and even toilet paper. Nothing is off limits.
The Light Blaster has become one of my favourite lighting tools over the last few months. I first got to play with one in person at The Photography Show in March. Some of you might remember the cartoon portrait tutorial by Dracorubio posted here shortly afterwards. The image shown in that tutorial was shot at the show, with a Light Blaster projecting onto the backdrop behind me.
Now, Joe Edelman has gotten his hands on one, and put a video together on some of the different ways it can be used. Joe also offers some tips on how to get the most out the Light Blaster, and how to work with it more easily in the studio.
I love a good living room studio. Not everyone can afford a full fledged studio and for many, the
photography room living room is the only option. Probably not to the delight of the significant other.
What grabbed my attention right away is how three dimensional the photos look, so I asked Manny about it. Manny tells that the secret is using backlight. There are three lights in each shot: A key which shines on Diana (a Flashpoint360 with a 47″ octa); A Light Blaster with a slide and a Flashpoint Zoom; and the key ingredient – a gridded and gelled strobe as back light.
I recently got my hands on a Light blaster. The Light Blaster Is a strobe-based image projector. Basically it’s a slide projector. You can select and project still images onto any physical space. They claim “unlimited possibilities for creative freedom“, so I thought I’d take it for a spin. It is seriously one cool piece of kit to experiment with. I mostly do cinematic portraits and it fits very well with my kit. Keep reading to watch a speed edit of the Photoshop editing process.
With the heat of August, I thought that nothing will beat making a small beach set photo in the chill studio. In this product shot, I am going to use three lights to simulate outdoor sunlight for a small scale
product octopus attack shot.
I am going to use a Miggo Splat , a small stand which kinda looks like a 5 armed octopus. Given this similarity I decided to make a light hearted photo using an action figure I own.
If you frequent DIY Photography, you’ll know we’re big fans of the Light Blaster, a speedlight accessory that allows you to cast shapes and designs onto a subject or background.
Today, we have for you a fun DIY project that does essentially the same thing, except for your smartphone’s camera flash.[Read More…]
UPDATE: This giveaway is now over, thanks for playing!
Making an incredible image has a lot to do with who is behind the camera, but having some good tools to inspire creativity and open options is never a bad idea.
This is why we teamed up with Spiffy Gear to give away a Complete Light Blaster Set ($355 Retail Value)
A Light Blaster is a device that projects slides or transparencies onto walls and models. There is a commercial Light Blaster version for small strobes out there and it does have a studio adapter. But I, as always, prefer to go the DIY route 🙂
Though this article will have a lot of build info, the reason I made this is because I had a photo in mind and wanted to create it. Of course that once the tool is built, it pushes me to use it in creative ways.
A while back I saw the Light Blaster in a online shopping site, I liked the effect and that Inspire me to build a Light Blaster on my own.
My first order of business was to look for something that would serve as the body of the unit. I needed a material that is strong enough to carry a lens and light enough to not overwhelm a light stand. I decided to a use a small plastic food container from the dollar store as my Light Blaster body.