Rogue also makes honeycomb grids—perfect for focusing light when a snoot would be too tight—and gels that can be used for special effects (a bright blue or red background, for instance) or simply to balance strobe illumination with ambient lighting. Many accessory makers offer gel kits like this, but the old-school approach to gelling small strobes simply calls for cutting a piece from a large sheet of gel or tearing small gels out of sample packets. If you're doing it yourself, be diligent about labeling so you can tell your 1/8 CTO from your 1/4 CTO on the fly.
Photographers who often use one-light strobe setups may appreciate the slightly different approach taken by Gary Fong. His Lightsphere is a simple device that can achieve many different effects. Sure, you can use them with multiple lights, but they really shine as a great way to turn an on-camera flash into something marvelous. Depending on how it's positioned and accessorized, a Lightsphere can approximate a small umbrella to produce diffused and scattered light, or it can become a focused spotlight with the addition of a PowerSnoot. It can be warmed with the AmberDome, or turned into other bright colors, thanks to accessory gels. The collapsible Lightsphere packs into a shoulder bag more easily than the original rigid model, something run-and-gun shooters are sure to appreciate.
When working with multiple small strobes, an additional concern is finding a way to trigger them. Depending on the model, your flashes may communicate with one another wirelessly via radio or infrared, but even if you're using fully manual flashes, you can trigger them remotely without resorting to miles of cable. Remote transmitters like the RadioPopper PX and PocketWizard Plus III provide long-distance triggering. While you can certainly invest in multiple transmitters and receivers of any stripe, you also can use photosensitive optical slaves to fire additional strobes once the first flash has triggered.
All this equipment does you no good if you don't know how to put it to use. And that usually means when you're under the gun and short on time, you'd better have a previsualized plan in place for what you might like to accomplish. To that end, here are a few suggestions for some common run-and-gun assignments.