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Try to DIY

I came across several photographers, mostly beginners, who think expensive gear is a must for good photographs. As proof, I made a snoot at home using household items. For those who don't know, a snoot is a light modifier that helps you concentrate light at a particular area or subject.

In this DIY (do it yourself) project, I'll be using the following tools:

  • Canon EOS-10D
  • Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
  • Tripod
  • Desk lamp
  • An empty tube of Pringles potato chips, cheese flavor ;-)
  • Duct tape
  • A rose
  • A small empty bottle

What did I do? The Pringles tube was cut from one end and attached to the desk lamp with duct tape. The plastic lid was used as a light diffuser and placed at the other end.

Placed the rose in the bottle, the camera on the tripod, switched on the desk lamp and switched off the room's light. Now, the toughest part.. Composition.. You start moving the desk lamp and the bottle, until you see what you like in the camera's viewfinder.. Then * click *

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Note: this is an old project I did in 2004