What is a snoot?
Posted 05 March 2013 - 12:51 PM
Anybody out there have some examples of images that were made using a snoot?
Canon 5D mk2, Ikelite housing, Ikelite 125 strobes, 17-40 mm 4.0 L, 100 mm, 24-150 mm L, 100-400 mm 5.6 L
Posted 05 March 2013 - 01:02 PM
It is anything you use (tipically cone shaped) to cut the light of your strobe and illuminate part frame and leave the rest tipically black or only illuminated with natural light. It is also useful to not light the backscatter in front or behind the subject. It is an add-on piece to any strobe and you can use anything (top of plastic bottles etc...) or buy them made; now there are new expensive ones that include lenses to concentrate the light, but are very specific etc...
D300, D7000, D7100. 10.5, 10-17, 16, 10-20, 17-70, 60, 105, 150 Hugyfots, Issota, Subtronic Novas, Seacams 350, YS250s, YS-D1s
Posted 05 March 2013 - 01:53 PM
Canon 5D Mk III, 7D & 40D, 60mm, 100mm, 17-40L, Tokina 10-17, Nauticam 7D, Sea & Sea MDX-40D YS-250's ULCS arms, Lightroom
Posted 05 March 2013 - 05:44 PM
You can use the aiming light on your 125s or if they don't work anymore attach a small light to get an aimpoint. It might work nicely to use a snoot like this in combo with your other strobe acting as a little fill from the side on the sand at Lembeh.
You can also take out the grid (plastic straws) and use just the sleeve for a little wider light;
Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:36 PM
Check out this thread from 2011. I used the info from this one to make my own snoot - just like they did - and it worked well. It does not take much money - mine cost about $20.00. And I was able to make 2 sizes of snoot for that cost.
Here is a close focus wide angle shot I took with my homemade snoot.
Have fun. Looking forward to seeing pics with your soon to be new toy - Pam
Nikon D7100 and D90 in Aquatica Housing, Tokina 10-17mm, 60mm macro, 105mm macro, Sigma 17-70mm, + Ikelite DS 161 and DS-125 strobe combo http://www.pmurph.com www.flickr.com/photos/pammurph/ The Fin Foundation
Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:16 AM
A snoot is a frustrating piece of equipment that makes strobe photography even more difficult and is often manufactured by obsessive divers with too much time on their hands...
... besides which: who needs a snoot?
There are no snoots in my bag!
Edited by tdpriest, 17 March 2013 - 11:20 AM.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 12:48 PM
Don't worry about Tim Matt, some of us are still working on getting our subjects to be right side up. But this statement is sadly absolutely factual and well said;
"A snoot is a frustrating piece of equipment that makes strobe photography even more difficult and is often manufactured by obsessive divers with too much time on their hands..."
May I quote you Tim?