The Lazy Man's Snoot

Well, heck. It can't get much easier than this.

Strobist reader Mattie Davitt commented on the Snoots and Gobos page that a box of spaghetti makes a perfectly sized snoot for the small-head Nikon SB's such as the SB-800, -28, etc.

This is kinda cool, because you can just keep a couple of these boxes in your lighting bag and let the need of a given subject drive how tight you want to make the beam of light. Just cut (or even tear) it to your desired length and slip it on.

(Thanks, Mattie.)


UPDATE: No sooner than I had typed this up, I checked the morning rounds and saw that there was yet another kitchen-Strobist tip from yet another Matt. So here it is:

Seattle photog/hacker Matt W. has converted a cheap, retractable "Swiffer pole" into a strobe-on-a-rope monopod substitute.

(Thanks, Matt.)

Yes, folks, we at the Strobist International Headquarters go to the Matt for you when it comes to scouring the web for cheapo lighting ideas. Got any kitchen flash gear tips of your own? Stick 'em in comments section!



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Anonymous John Dohrn said...

I've known this for some time, but my mom always seems to get the pasta with the window on it! Oh well, I geuss it's time to stop being lazy and go get some pasta

January 29, 2007 1:58 PM  
Blogger Elephant said...

The smaller Weetabix boxes work well too - at least the ones we get in the UK. Pity it tastes so revolting, but my mother in law seems to like it.

January 29, 2007 2:20 PM  
Blogger Elephant said...

The smaller Weetabix boxes we have in the UK work well for this too. Pity it tastes so revolting, but my mother in law seems to like it.

January 29, 2007 2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is my kitchen flash aid. It is "Ecover" soap and the 16 oz. bottle makes the perfect sto-fen diffuser for flashes like the Canon 580EX. I have made all sorts of flash stuff with these bottles, check the link.

January 29, 2007 3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've added my cheapo light modifier in the strobist pool. Hope you like it!

February 01, 2007 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep the standards up and spare us photos like the "group shot."
The Grand Rapids Press

February 03, 2007 3:02 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

Not sure if this has been brought up before, but what about using a Pringles potato chips can as a snoot?

you could cut a hole in the back of the can big enough for your flash and its good to go. Hell while your at it, use the lid as an optional diffuser.

Cut one can in half and make a shorter version or use a mini Pringles can and your set.

I havent actually tried this since the idea litterally just came to me seconds before i started typing and I dont have a can of Pringles handy, but I think it would work very well.

October 28, 2007 10:17 PM  
Blogger Connor said...

Another tip is to use a Milano's bag. They have a reflective inside so less light is lost. Also, they can be easily be taped for a flash and then "shaped" at the other end.

December 24, 2008 4:23 PM  
Anonymous karel zeman said...

I'm struggling with for content myself. I'm not much of a writer. Many good suggestions. Thank you.

January 22, 2009 12:30 PM  

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