Speedlite snoots: What material to use?

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Speedlite snoots: What material to use?
Aug 7, 2012

I recently got a Rogue Flashbender for my speedlight.
I am very impressed with it so far.

I rolled it into a snoot and did some handheld shots to experiment.

Usually I prefer to use a tripod because I can be more scientific about evaluating apparent differences from different approaches.

Although the light was coming out of the same snoot the shots seemed softer when the speedlite beam was dialed for 28mm than for 105. I am guessing this might have had something to do with the light ricocheting off the inside of the snoot though ti could just have been the beam spread.

I have an upcoming interiors project where I want to use a snoot to hairlight some colonnade columns to make them stand out a little better. I plan to experiment with different shapes of foam-board to see how much control I can get out of the light path. I would like to essentially produce a rectangular shaped strip light to conform to shape of column.

My question has to do with material for the snoot.
Does the inside of the snoot want to be silver, white or black?
How much difference would these colors have on the emitted light?

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