I am always looking to add to my photography gear. The problem with adding to my gear is, everything I want to add usually has a high price tag. One of the pieces that I’ve been meaning to add for quite a while is a snoot for my Nikon SB900. A snoot is a light modifier that concentrates the light from the flash down to a much smaller point. It is very useful in portraits as a hair light, adding dimension and separation from the background. I was looking at ordering a snoot on Amazon, then wondered if I could make one myself. So I googled do it yourself snoot for speedlight and found a Youtube instruction video from Conrad, “Do-it-yourself: Speedlight Snoot”. Wow, how much easier could a project be? Off to Meijer I went and $1.79 later, I had my new gadget as shown above. Thank you Conrad for posting the youtube instructional video.
Sometimes it is tough to find time to get out and take pictures during the work week. Tonight we also had a meeting at church, so my photo time was limited. I decided it was time to get out my Nikon SB 800 strobe and reflector and practice my lighting technique. I used my SB 800 in a soft box high and to the right of, “Woody”, and placed a white reflector directly to his left to fill in the shadows. I used a faster shutter speed, 1/250th at f 5.6, to darken the background area so it would not create a distraction and keep all attention on Woody; he’s such a happy and friendly model. The wood grain of the table blends nicely with Woody’s “skin” tone and the dark background really helps him stand out. Thanks for being such a cooperative model Woody.