Snoot for Alien Bees Strobes - 'The 6 Dollar Snoot'
By Ed Baumgarten
A 'snoot' is a tube that is placed on the front of a strobe
to narrow the beam of light into a tight circle. I use snoots all the time to
toss a little extra light into a scene, say into a dark corner of a product or
up under the fender of a car that's just a little to black. It's a nice way to
add light to an area without over lighting the rest of the scene.
The great folks at Paul C. Buff (the makers of Alien Bees and White Lightning) lights have an excellent snoot available for their lights. It's nice robust piece that gives an excellent pattern. Their grids are also an indispensable tool in the studio and will also constrain the light into a tight circle, with 10 - 40 degree spreads. Paul's stuff (and his company) are THE BEST and I suggest as your budget allows you consider purchasing accessories from them. Until that time however, or just to see if you really can use a snoot, here's a DIY one......
The purpose of this project is to come up with a snoot that:
#1- Costs very little
#2- Made from parts widely available
#3-Takes no special machining or skill to build (not that you don't have any special skills, they're probably just better suited to photography than machining parts)
The benefit - cost. Total outlay for the 'baby'
snoot shown above $6.64 including .97 to buy
a new pack of straws (I probably could have rounded that many up in our kitchen)
so we're going to call it 'The $6.00 Snoot'
Alien Bees and White Lightning are registered trademarks of Paul C. Buff Inc. and other than being our favorite brand of lights are not affiliated with DIYPhotogear in any way......