Friday, 3 August 2012


Snoots are attachments that snap to the front of a strobe or flash, and allow the photographer to control the direction and radius of the light beam. They come in conical, cylindrical, or rectangular shapes. If you feel the necessity to restrict the light even more, you'll probably want a snoot. It is nothing more than a sort of tunnel for the light to go through that will restrict it is all directions except for the exact direction the strobe is pointed.


The function of a snoot is just the opposite of umbrellas and soft boxes. While umbrellas and soft boxes spread the light and make it softer, snoots funnel light into small patches. They produce very concentrated light with much contrast. They are very useful when light need to be directed for adding a small detail or highlight to something, such as a subject’s hair, or to throw a circle of light on the background. . They are ideal for small edge lights used from behind the subject.

Using snoots in lighting set-ups can be a huge step for a novice who wants more dramatic lighting. Light from snoots add drama and mystery especially when they are used as the only or primary light source.

A word of caution


Snoots can become very hot when in use, so be very careful while working with them. Adjust and remove them carefully or wear protective gloves. Makeshift snoots and grids should be made from non flammable materials.

In the next article we will discuss about Light Modifiers - Gobos Cutters And Flags

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  3. Umbrella
  4. Softbox
  5. Light Stands