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Friday, July 16, 2010

DIY Snoot Diffuser - sample full flash shots

As you all know, I made a DIY Snoot Diffuser just for the loaned Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS L USM lens. This DIY Snoot Diffuser is designed to work on the 580EXII. Here are a few sample full flash shots from that setup: 100 IS and 580EX II speedlight and DIY Snoot Diffuser. I hope you find this DIY SLR photography tip useful.

The making of the DIY Snoot Diffuser is here.

How i further improved it to make the diffuser bowl adjustable to handle different magnification/working distance is here.

Now let's see a few sample shots from this DIY Snoot Diffuser with a Canon 100 f/2.8 L IS USM lens.

Typical setting used: 1/200, F13, ISO200, 580EXII with snoot diffuser

two flies mating IMG_1016 copy

skipper butterflies mating IMG_1030 copy

harvestman IMG_0840 copy

yellow hunstman spider IMG_0969 (2) copy

DIY Snoot Diffuser jumping spider.............IMG_0050 copy

More sample shots at the bottom of this page.

For a cheap, DIY diffuser, this works really well and I am generally very happy with it. This should be a great way to start shooting full flash macro. Typical issue with this type of snoot diffuser has been discussed before in "A Comparison of Different Lighting Setups". You tend to get quite a bit of shadow under the subject's eyes. If you are reasonably good in post processing, you can alleviate this to a certain extent.

Now that you have read this DIY SLR macro photography tip, it's time to work on your own DIY Snoot diffuser :). Try it, it's really not that difficult to build one :)

Eventually, you should save up for a macro bracket. I've seen Kirk's Macro bracket and it's really good.


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