Introduction: Black Straw Snoot

In this instructable, you'll see how to make a flash modifier to focus the light into a narrow beam to add emphasis to your photo

Step 1: Cut the Soda Straws

Visit your local "Party Supply Store" and ask for black straws. Two packs of 50 costs about 3 Dollars US. Also visit a local hardware store and pick up a section of vinyl drain pipe. (Hint: these are sold in 10-foot lengths, so look for elbows or have these cut in the store so they'll fit in your car)

Mosey on home, after paying for your purchases of course, and cut the straws in equal lengths. Load these into the drain pipe section for a tight fit.

Step 2: Load Them Tightly Into the Drain Pipe

Once you get most of these straw segments jammed into to drain pipe it should look something like this.

Use a bit of spray adhesive to hold them in place.

Step 3: Attach It to Your Flash

Now attach it to your flash. I used a bit of black foam to help hold it in place.

Step 4: Ready-Aim-Fire!

The finished result can focus the beam into a fairly small spot. Keep in mind that longer straws make a tighter beam. Its all about the aspect ratio.



J%4050n made it!(author)2010-02-06


Bubz.TH made it!(author)2009-10-22

Awesome! I'm totally doing this! Thanks!

dalbyman made it!(author)2009-09-24

Made my own with straws liberated from a pub and some black duct tape - held in place with a rubber band.
Really effective. =)

agis68 made it!(author)2009-07-23

cool but there's any danger form the flash high temperature to melt these starws???????

timalot made it!(author)2009-07-23

I haven't noticed any melting yet, but I haven't done rapid shooting with it either.

rast3r made it!(author)2009-05-28

That looks awesome! And cheap too. Did you just use the foam to fill in the space between the flash head and the drain pipe? If so, does it stay snug? Alex

timalot made it!(author)2009-05-28

The straws are cut about 1/2 inch shorter than the drain pipe. In that space, I used black foam weather stripping around the inside edge. You'll have to experiment a bit because each flash model is a slightly different size.

Goodhart made it!(author)2009-05-28

Very fit my camera's flash though, it would have to be the size of a Matchbox car (in width) and have a way to attach it to the camera...since the flash is built in and flush with the camera body.

jeoncs made it!(author)2009-05-28

this is awesome great job

The+Wanderer made it!(author)2009-05-28

Nice tutorial! FWIW this item is usually referred to as a Grid Spot rather than a Snoot. A snoot is just a tube you shoot through that helps shape the light into a tighter beam. A grid spot provides the nice soft edge transition that makes it useful for dramatic portrait photography.

pindalanderz made it!(author)2009-05-23

you published this instructable on my birthday.

mwwdesign made it!(author)2009-05-25

Open it, open it! Surprise!

rosquillo made it!(author)2009-05-22

Why black? Isn`t reflective index of white higher?

toogers made it!(author)2009-05-24

reflectiveness would throw the beam off.

robotguy4 made it!(author)2009-05-21

Reminds me of this for some reason.

tacomamactech made it!(author)2009-05-22

That's translucent concrete!

robotguy4 made it!(author)2009-05-22

You are correct!

sleebus.jones made it!(author)2009-05-21

Really nice work. Simple and effective. Bravo!

timalot made it!(author)2009-05-21

Thank you.

tammasus made it!(author)2009-05-20

hahaha now that's a really funny photograph. Great tutorial!

MrL33TPenguin made it!(author)2009-05-20

Dude, that is a awsome Mario shirt!!

LordBug made it!(author)2009-05-20

I'd suggest painting the end of the straws with a matte black paint, to cut down on light spill from the reflective plastic :) Other than that, damn I need to save up for a flash :(

gmoon made it!(author)2009-05-20

Outstanding! I had to MacGyver-up a snoot on the job a month or two ago. This is a great way to make a light-weight version.

(Of course, this wouldn't work with a strobe that has modeling lights, they'd melt the plastic. But for a small handheld portable it's great!)

ve2vfd made it!(author)2009-05-20

Thats pretty snooty! :D Good job, I'm going to have to make one now :)

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