Grid Vs. Snoot

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  1. eravedesigns

    eravedesigns TPF Noob!

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    Can someone please explain how these two do different things because to me they both narrow the light into a beam. Does a snoot just do it a lot more concentrated and a grid is still a beam but no so intense? (talking about strobes)
     
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    I think a grid is meant to go in front of a softbox, so you get the same soft shadow effect but you can control the spread and direction of the light. A snoot on the other hand will still be harsh and have an even tighter beam.
     
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    Girds can go on softboxe's but they are usually used right on the front of a strobe. I believe grids on softboxes is a more recent item.

    I think grids are softer though and snoots are more of a bam! light beam
     
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    Yeah, I was just parroting something off of strobist or something, but it was a softbox with a grid, so I just assumed (and it did say it was for controlling the light and stopping it from spilling into the background). It seems like a snoot just has a tighter beam then.
     
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    eravedesigns TPF Noob!

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    Yea thanks I just needed someone to tighten up my thoughts on it.
     
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    From what I've seen a grid is more controlled. The light isn't any softer unless it's diffused.

    A snoot you get you a circle of light and it won't alwasy be a perfect tight circle unless you have a really long snoot. A grid focuses the lights more so fi you have a square grid over the front of a speed light, you'll get a beam of light that's shaped very nearly like the grid itself.
     
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    Grids often come in a set...and each one has a specific angle of light spread. THIS is the set I have.

    I guess that a snoot basically does the same thing...tightens the beam.
     
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    A snoot is also used in hair and kicker lights on single subjects because of the tight beam. Adds further seperation from the backdrop and makes the hair look healthier. The one that I use from AB has a 20ยบ grid in it as well.
     

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