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A new snoot that will blow you away…

You might think “why so enthusiastic Frank?”
Let me explain.

I love using my Hensel strobes in the studio or on location, but sometimes there are situations where it’s not feasible to bring larger strobes, but luckily there is the speedlight, or the new (very popular) round strobes. But when using speedlights I also want modifiers that are lightweight and don’t take up a lot of space in my bag (preferable it should fit my jack-pocket).

In 2022 Rogue released their brand new magnetic system.
When I first looked at the system it contained the omnidirectional dome, a gel holder and the grids. It was already a very flexible set, but in this video I show you their latest addition to the magnetic system… a snoot.

A snoot makes it possible to really pinpoint your model, especially with speedlights that are placed further away from a subject a snoot is essential and makes a huge difference. But Rogue didn’t just release a snoot, they actually made it possible to use the snoot in 4 different ways, and when you’re using speedlights even 8 different ways, which makes this snoot incredibly flexible.

You might wonder why you need 4 settings.
The reason is pretty simple, when we work on location its not always possible to place the lights exactly where you want, with the zoom function on your strobe you can focus the light slightly but in most cases you need a lot more focus, and that’s where the snoot comes in. The reason you can use it in 4 different ways is that with each setting you create a slightly smaller circle meaning you can focus the light very flexible and in most situations this makes the Rogue snoot a really valuable asset in your kit which makes it possible to really fine tune your light if you can’t move the light as flexible as you would like. Combine the snoot with a gel and you can use it for a really nice accent light on the background or a very small part of your subject.

You can order the snoot on www.frankdoorhof.com/shop or in your favourite store that sells Rogue products.

 

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

Adding loads of mood with light in light

Claudia against the “graffiti door” from #clickpropsbackdrops

I shot this with the new magnetic #rogue system on Nissin speedlights.
The system is designed for the popular round strobes, but it can also be used on most speedlights via a special adapter, which is available in both standard and small to fit 99% of the speedlights out there.

See www.rogueflash.nl for more information.

I quite like the harder shadows that a spot gives on the model, but this also means that the shadows can be quite dark/intense. By using a fill-in with, for example, a blue gel, you can give the scene just that little bit of extra spice and mood. The Rogue Dome is ideal for this because it spreads the light very nicely, vary the output of the fill in strobes to get the desired effect is the only thing you have to do.

And it doesn’t stop there, you can even place the dome behind the model and then point it at the camera for a cool lens flare effect.

If you work with round strobes or speedlights, the magnetic system from Rogue is definitely highly recommended.
In combination with the flashbender, I wouldn’t know what else you would be needing on location or in the studio, and it all fits easily in your camera bag, even if it is almost full.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask
Or check out our YouTube channel with loads of lighting examples.

Introducing the Rogue magnetic system

Sometimes we get products that are just nice and a cool addition to the rest.
But sometimes…. well they really change the way you (can) work.
And today the video in which I introduce a system like this.

The Rogue magnetic system for round flashes and speedlights.
An after the flashbender Rogue released another product that is clearly designed with the photographer in mind. Which for me means, portable/light, easy to work with and most of all not limiting the creativity of the user.

So let’s go.