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Simple snoot for close-ups

 
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Jbailey



Joined: 05 Jul 2008
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Location: Wisconsin, USA

PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:02 am    Post subject: Simple snoot for close-ups Reply with quote

I wanted a small, high-contrast light source for close-up photography. What I decided on was making a snoot.

A snoot simply cuts off diverging light from a source to give darker and more sharp shadows. It's effect is similar to that of a spotlight but there is more light loss, while a spotlight increases brightness as it is focused to more of a spot.

I cemented three layers of photo mounting board together that were cut to fit over the lens of my flash. Then I cut a 1/4" diameter hole in the center of the stack. Next, I hot glued a length of 1/4" acrylic rod into the hole. This gave me a small diameter light source. For the snoot, I slipped a length of black electrical tubing over the rod. The tubing was a bit longer than the tubing.

This is a photo of the finished snoot. I simply attach it to the flash with a pair of rubber bands.



Here is a photo of common Toadflax lit from the back quarter using the snoot.





Jim
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Aynia



Joined: 01 May 2008
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Location: Europe somewhere

PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice! - that's meant for the second photo. Very Happy

First one is intriquing. One of these days I'll sit down and so some of the creative DIY kit stuff on this site. Very Happy
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Cyclops



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very creative Jim,and I reckon you have a very high contrast light source there,great for art shots at a low magnification as in your toadflax shot!
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