I originally published these instructions a while ago on my blog, but I figured that I will be more useful here :)
Following a friend’s request I decided to explain how to build a fiber snoot
for underwater use. On this post I will explain how to make a snoot that fits an Ikelite DS-50 substrobe.
I first saw the results of using a snoot for underwater macro photography a few years ago, when I met one of the most talented and creative underwater photographers I know – Keri Wilk. We participated in the annual Epson Red Sea competition – an underwater shootout that takes place in Eilat (Israel). Keri took some amazing photos using his snoots, and he later explained his technique in a blog post on DivePhotoGuide
I wanted to experiment with snoots and build my own, but instead of using plastic tubes I decided to use fiber optic cables. With fibers, I can place the strobe anywhere and then just use the flexible Loc-Line “arms” to point the lights anywhere I want.