So I’ve done the cardboard snoot thing. It’s cheap. It works. but I find they don’t last too long trashing around in a camera bag. I really like the idea of a flexible snoot like the Honl speedsnoot, so I figured I’d try to make my own…
A quick trip down to Perl (art supply store) yielded the required materials. 2 9″x12″ sheets of “foamies” craft foam (it’s a thin, neoprene like foam material – flexible yet rigid enough to hold it’s shape) one white, one black and 4′ of velcro “wrap” (the velcro that has hooks on one side and loops on the other, so it can stick to itself if you wrap it around something) The neat thing about the foamies sheets is that you can get them either plain or with one side covered in adhesive. I opted for a plain black and an adhesive-backed white sheet.
total cost for materials: about $5 (the velcro was $3 and I think the foamies sheets were .59 each)
Once at home, I simply peeled the backing off the white adhesive side, and laid the black sheet on top. Pressing firmly secured the 2 together. They can bend and flex together without wrinkling or buckling.
I then cut 2 velcro wraps long enough to wrap around the flash head and secure it tightly.
TaDa! instant snoot – total time to construct: about 15-30 seconds
the best part about this snoot is that it is adjustable. For a normal throw, wrap it into a cylinder shape, and secure each end with a wrap. If you want a tighter throw, wrap it into a cone shape. You can get a very tight dot of light this way.
Another added benifit is that it can be used as a bounce card – simple wrap one end around the flash head pointing up, and leave the other end free. presto bounce card.
For five dollars and a minute of work, this is something that will have a permanent place in my camera bag!