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In this course, Rich Harrington and Abba Shapiro give beginning photographers a brisk look at using strobe lights in a studio setting—lessons that easily translate to the field and locations, inside and out. Learn why shooting with strobes and continuous lighting makes such a big impact on your photographs, and how to buy a good, affordable starter kit. Rich and Abba also show how to set your gear up, trigger your lights, and make modifications with accessories like reflectors, umbrellas, and soft boxes. Finally, learn how to make the most of what you have in a series of lighting challenges.
Now we're going to take a look at a unique modifier. It's called a snoot, and most of the time it's used in conjunction with another light. It can be used by itself, but you're doing something very unique and dramatic. Rich, could you go ahead and show us the construction or the layout of what a snoot really is? >> Yeah, essentially what's happening here is, we're taking the light, and we're focusing it down to an even smaller point. So if you look at what the size it is on this end. It's almost like a funnel, and we're pointing the light down through a smaller opening to sort of spot down. Now sometimes on this end you can put gels or a honeycomb here to further refine that. And we'll just attach that to the light here. Again being careful not to hit the bulb. All right. Let's turn that light on for you, Abba, and we have it paired to the other. Why don't you give it a shot. >> Okay. That's great, Rich. Thank you. And what we're using the snoot for here, is as a hair light to give us some separation. Because Valerie has dark hair, black hair, and we have a dark background, she kind of fades into it. I want her to stand out a little bit more, so we're using the snoot just to focus on the hair, so we get a little bit of that rim. Let's go ahead and fire it. Three, two, one. >> So it's a little bit hot, Abba you want me to knock that down a bit? >> Yeah, let's dial it down. I can see that we're actually losing some detail ,and I don't want to change my aperture, because I like the way the front of her face is lit. Alright, we're at seven Okay? And ready? Three, two, one. And this is a lot more gentle. We're not blowing it out. We actually have some highlights on the hair. Rich, I think we need to move it around a little bit. Come over and take a quick look. You can see that we're not catching the top of her head. It is such a focused light. It's getting more of her neck, so rotate it around a little bit, so it really comes in from behind, it doesn't hit her neck as much, and picks up the top of her hair. Now, if you want to diffuse it a little more, you can either pull off the grid or move the light a little bit further back if it's too spotted down. Let's give that a shot. That's kind of nice. It gives us nice separation.
I might tweak that a little bit, but it gives you an idea of what you can use the snoot for. We're going to show you a couple of other ways that you can use a snoot to enhance the shot. So Rich, if you can move it around, and what I want you to do is use it to light the background. Now, we're using this snoot for something completely different. Before we were highlighting her hair. Now we're going to actually throw basically a circle of light or a spotlight on the background. And because the background will be lighter, again we'll create that separation. We'll also have a little bit of a pattern on the background. Which will make it a more dramatic or a more interesting shot. >> So to aim things, I'll go ahead and turn the modeling light on, and that makes it a bit simpler. Walk that back just a little bit. >> It might be good from your angle, if you could pan over to the left a little bit, and up a little bit. So let's go ahead and do a test shot, and see how it looks, and maybe we'll need to tweak it a little bit. So, this is a completely different look than we had before. It's very focused. maybe even too focused. If we pull the grid off, we're going to get a, a different look. So, here's the grid off, and it's a pretty solid image. She really stands out. It's actually a little bit bright, but what I'd like to see is some color, and maybe it be a little bit softer. So Rich, if you could go ahead and put the blue gel on, and knock the intensity down. And maybe even move the light back a little bit. That'll give us a softer throw. And we might need to go back to that modeling light so we can aim it. >> Try that. >> I think we're getting close there. I, I like the blue. It's really making it pop, it gives some color to the scene. I'll probably tweak it a little bit more to make it softer, but I love the idea that I can throw a nice focus light on the background, and change the entire feel of my image. So Rich, those are the two primary reasons I use it. But, you know, a trick that I like is sometimes using it as a highlight to make the eyes pop. Now you're going to probably have to take the blue gel out. >> Yeah. >> And because this is a rather bright focus light, you'll probably want to start off with it as dim as possible, and we'll work our way up. >> 'Kay. All right. So Rich, let's go ahead and do a test shot. Valerie, keep your eyes closed, because this could be rather bright, and I just want to see if we need to put some diffusion on it. So this really changed the look of the shot, though I really kind of like it. Rich, there's actually a little circle that came with this snoot that really cuts the light down. It's a little translucent disc. Let's go ahead and put that on, and that willl cut out some of the light. >> Give a shot Abba. >> Rich, I really like what you did with the light. I'm really interested to see just what the snoot's doing. >> Sure. So. >> What can you do for me? >> So we killed the overhead lights here for a second that we were recording with video, to get a little darker in the room. Why don't I block this light? We can't turn it off, because if we did, it wouldn't trigger the other one. But, I'll just put the foam core up, and why don't you give it a shot? >> Okay. One, two, three. >> Thanks Rich. this is really cool I can see exactly what the snoots doing.
It's really just focusing on her face. It's not highlight her shirt at all. It gives me a lot of control, that I wouldn't have with a normal light. So now that I know exactly what the snoot's doing, I can either turn it up, or turn it down, and compare it to the other light. And get exactly the perfect ratio between my soft box, and my snoot. Rich, I like the fact it's picking up. I'm going to go ahead and close down my aperture. >> Sure. >> And Valerie look directly at me, so we can really see that reflection in your eyes. Now I have some nice balance and some nice shadow, but lets take a look and we're going to zoom in right on the eye, because I want you to see the reflection. So, that's three different uses of a snoot, and it's actually even a multipurpose tool that you can use for a lot of other things. So, don't ignore it. It's actually one of my favorite controlled light sources. We're going to go ahead and take a look at what a grid can do, to modify your lights.
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