ILDA's official magazine, The Laserist
Laser F/X: The Light Show
Handbook is a 430-page book which is the single best introduction to the topic. The
book, which costs roughly $120, is ideal for anyone getting started in the field.
In addition, each May the publisher holds a conference which includes laser light
show seminars and a trade show. Finally, a laser newsletter is available on the Internet.
If you doing anything with laser shows, you definitely should get on the mailing
Laser F/X International, 1153 Pioneer Road Unit P, Burlington, Ontario, Canada L7M
1K5 (905) tel/fax. 332-2001 www.laserfx.com
There is only one publication in the world that
exclusively covers laser shows and displays: The Laserist,
the official magazine of the International Laser Display
Association. This quarterly report on laser show news and products is free to members, and is also sent to
selected buyers working in lighting and production.
The on-line version at www.laserist.org
includes a Marketplace section that lists laser display vendors. It
also has special features to help novices and experts learn more
about laser display issues. Edited by ILDA's David Lytle, the
website has great photos and is easy to navigate.
To contact ILDA regarding The Laserist
subscriptions, see ILDA's listing on the Laser
trade associations page.
The only other publication with information on
lasers in every issue is Pro Lights and Staging News.
Technical laser magazines are good
sources for specialized information. The magazines usually publish a yearly buyers' guide
which is excellent both for locating companies and for articles summarizing such topics as
laser characteristics, applications and safety.
They are all controlled circulation publications, sent free to qualified
individuals with purchasing authority in the laser field. (If you're going to purchase,
you're qualified; subscription forms can be found inside the magazines.)
You can also find the magazines and buyers' guides in university and
Lasers and Optronics,
Elsevier Communications, P.O. Box 560, Morris Plains, NJ 07950, (201) 292-5100.
Laser Focus World, P.O. Box
989, Westford, MA 01886, (508) 692-0700. www.laserfocusworld.com
Photonics Spectra, Laurin
Publishing Co., P.O. Box 4949, Pittsfield, MA 01202, (413) 499-0514. www.photonicsspectra.com