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The Rogue snoot in action

In todays post some images I shot with our model Claudia testing out the new Rogue snoot on Nissin speedlights.
On these images I used the Rogue snoot bare, so without the diffusion panel in the gel holder.

When you use the snoot on a speedlight you actually have 8 different ways to use the snoot.
The first 4 are of course the different settings for the size of the area covered with the snoot, but the other 4 are actually when you don’t use the diffusion material in the gel holder. With speedlights you “need” the diffusion material to create a round bundle of light, but when you take it off you actually see the rectangular size of the strobe, which gives some interesting effects 😀

In this image I’m using just the snoot. As you can see the model really jumps out, but the shadows are really dark and hardly any detail is visible. So for the next image I’m using a second strobe with the omnidirectional dome from the magnetic system and a blue gel to open up the shadows. This is super easy to do. Just make sure the dome is placed somewhere in the line of the main light source and meter it a few stops below the main light source. Or use the flash exposure compensation when you really dare to shoot ETTL in these setups 😀

It’s actually placed just outside the frame and thanks to the dome you can light both the front of the model, the background and get a nice lens flare. The dome is without a doubt one of my favourite modifiers for the speedlight when using creative lighting setups (or for beauty portraits).

Now of course we would like a bit more lens flare.
Here I moved the position and aimed it slightly more forward.

After this it was just a matter of walking around the model to get some stunning effects.

I’m always amazed by how easy it is to use speedlights in these kind of more creative setups.
With our Hensel studio strobes it’s all expected to work easily, but thanks to the right light shapers it’s now possible to really create what you want without any limitations.


The Rogue products can be bought via www.frankdoorhof.com/shop or in your favourite camera store selling Rogue.

Brand new video on speedlights “Speedlight magic”

The responses we get on my book “Speedlight magic” now available on Amazon and in our own webshop are all very positive so we decided to dive into the studio and film a brand new full length tutorial with the topic “speedlight magic”

In this 70+ minutes video (in glorious 4K) I dive into the following parts of the speedlight.

Section 1
Everything you need to know about : EETL, First and second curtain sync, HSS, Zooming, Manual mode, Flash exposure compensation

Section 2
My favourite modifiers, using remote controls, stands, how to mount your speedlight safe and secure.

Section 3
A full studio shoot with the following techniques :
light in light, using gels, powerful portrait set-up, classical portrait setup, accent lights, using zoom vs grids.

And this is just scratching the surface, the whole video is filled with tips and tricks with an easy explanation. We filmed most parts with 2 different angles so everything is seen very clearly. During the model shoot (with our awesome model/stylist Nadine) you also see all the images coming in and the final results.

The video is available now via this link.
I’m sure you’re going to love it and really find new ways to use these super creative strobes.

Some examples from the video