Juggling with Boing

Juggling with Boing

Boing light balls are certainly magical.  It's a personal favorite of mine as I love to throw one around when I'm trying to come up with new ideas for the blog or just to pretend I wield the power of plasmids from Bioshock. However, as much as I love tossing Boing around, there are plenty of jugglers out there that are far more adept at this than I am and have found an awesome companion with which to juggle in Boing.

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How to Paint with Light

Ever wonder how photographs like the above are even possible?  I mean, what dark magic are these people using that allows them to create these brilliant light displays and what poor photographer actually sticks around to try and capture this forbidden alchemy before getting obliterated by the fireballs these wizards are throwing around?

Actually, there's no wizardry here, just pure technological!  Sorry, thought that would work better but no matter, let's take a look at how you can re-create this at home.


  • Camera
  • Light source (Flashlight, Boing, Astrojax Saturn)
  • Tripod
  • A friend to photograph or play while you photograph (or an exceedingly talented dog that will run around with a Boing in his mouth)
  • Imagination!



  • Setting your aperture to a higher f-stop will give you a greater depth of field. This will allow more of the light to remain focused.
  • Having a flashlight handy to shine on your subject will help you focus your camera in the dark.
  • Compare different shutter speeds for best results. The longer the shutter is open the more light will be captured
  • Use a tripod to get clear and crisp photos. Although you can get some pretty crazy results if you twist the camera while holding open the shutter.


Painting/drawing with light as pictured above is actually accomplished by using a long/extended exposure on your camera. Having the shutter open longer allows the light trail to be captured on the image sensor. To achieve best results you should shoot with a SLR or DSLR. If you have a point and shoot digital camera you can set your camera to night mode to get comparable results. 

While this is the technical instruction for how to accomplish the light painting, we can't provide you artistic direction.  That's on you, so really push the limits of what's possible and experiment!  Try photographing multiple subjects. Shoot a set of Astrojax Saturn and a Boing at the same time! Play with depth. Start off close to the camera at beginning of the shot and further away at the end of the shot.  See what kind of ambient effects you get shooting in the woods!  There are tons of ways to spice up your light painting so go crazy!  Using Boing (Large), the first photo above (1) was achieved by having four people stand perfectly still, while four people "traced" their silhouettes or outlines from behind!  Click on the third photo (3) to view sea creatures! A white LED Astrojax was used for the second photo (2), and a Boing Swing for the fourth photo (4). You are only limited by your imagination...

And when you're done shooting some awesome light painting?  Don't forget to head over to our Facebook page to show off what dazzling displays you've captured!  Because occasionally we'll hold contests for photo submissions there as well where you can win free USAstrojax stuff!  Sweet!

Light Up the Night

Hey all! OceanJax here.

It's summer and when I think of summer, I think of... well, a lot of things. Hot dogs. Especially hot dogs... mmmmmmm, hot dogs....

But when it comes to summer and skill toys, I can't think of two concepts that go better together (except for maybe hot dogs and summer, but I think we've covered that). The days are warm. The nights are cool. The hot dogs are fresh (why are we still mentioning hot dogs...)

What that all means is: It's time to play!

You already know that USAstrojax is your head-quarters for a vast array of skill toy fun, and I'm sure you are more than familiar with your favorite daytime skill toy. But have you had a chance to light up the night? And I don't mean with the midnight grilling of hot dogs (DOH!).

What I am talking about are light-up skill toys. Yes, USAstrojax has those too! From Boing balls to Saturns to Aqua Glows, you are sure to find the perfect nighttime companion to your skill toy repertoire.

My favorite? The Saturn Astrojax. The beauty of the Saturn series is three-fold: 

  1. You get THREE balls that light up for you to orbit to your heart's content.
  2. There is a vast array of Saturn options to choose from.
  3. You can purchase individual Saturn balls to customize your own individual set .
Yeah. That's cool. Sorry though, no light-up hot dogs. Maybe we could work on that for the future. 
Hey, if you haven't tried to light up the night yet, now is your chance. Head over to USAstrojax.com and find that perfect colored set of Saturns or look at the Boing balls if that's your thing. But before you do, check out the photos below. We shot this past Father's Day weekend. The photographers were my cousin, Myranda and my wife, Crystal. Yours Truly was spinning the Saturns on the dark canvas of the night. And if you'd like to know more about shooting nighttime light art photos, comment below or search the WWW for the "How to".