Create a Film Noir Look Using This Homemade Telescopic Snoot

A typical snoot is used to control the direction and radius of of the light you’re casting onto your subject, and they’re great for getting certain effects. But photographer Peter Miesch‘s take on the snoot is a bit different; used right, his will give your photos a film-noire effect like you see in the example above.

The DIY snoot, which he describes on his blog, is made of cardboard and uses four different gobos inserted into guides inside the snoot to produce different lighting effects. One gobo goes at the flash end to limit the light that gets to the second gobo, which is at the other. As an added bonus you can change the distance between these two to get sharper or “blurrier” shadows.

If you wanna make your own you can reference the following photos or head over to his blog for an explanation from the man himself (Google Translate will come in very handy if you don’t read German):

(via Photocooperation via DIYPhotography)

Image credits: Photos by Peter Miesch and used with permission

  • Ranger 9

    Looks as if he’s just re-invented the gobo…

  • Kozmo Nauta

    It’s not a film-noir put some insert the snoot and take BW a shot. Anyway its a hundred years old trick.

  • Erik Lauri Kulo

    I love how you guys comment on this without even checking out who made this. It’s from the DIY Photography blog and it’s not about inventing new photography ideas, it’s about making your own equipment instead of buying the expensive alternatives.

  • Bua

    Fair point re: Film noir. Re: hundred year old tricks, I think if we only read ORIGINAL articles (not derivative at all), you’d probably have one article per year. So give them a break. 

  • Kozmo Nauta

    Burning down the house with a cardboard snoot instead of buying a safe one its a realy good alternative for me YES.

  • AntiTroll

    The flash this is obviously designed for isn’t going to ignite the cardboard, dummy.

  • David Fernandes

    Simply amazing. Nice creativity. Keep posting.

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