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Wednesday Night Portrait Sessions - Using Beauty Dishes

The Beauty Dish was developed and intended to be used as a portrait light modifier. It has now been recognized as a staple light source. The modified light from a beauty dish is comparable between that of a parabolic reflector and a softbox. The shadow, highlight transition is sharp and of a higher contrast. Because of this, the beauty dish tends to accentuate every little detail of your subject (oh oh!!)

Because of this, we will need to pay careful attention when placing the light and posing your model, to hide flaws. This beast works best when placed between four to eight feet from the subject. Placed at closer distances (4′ to 6′) the beauty dish produces what many call a “liquid wrap” effect. Beyond 8′ the overall effect is more comparable to that of a “hard” umbrella. The beauty dish generates a circular catchlight, which are awesome too.

Have to confess, my first beauty dish is delivered to my house as we speak. I am hoping to go over some of the things I have learnt about this with you and perhaps have members share their experiences with this product.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup! Thanks Parsh for demonstrating the beauty dish and the other useful photo enhancers.

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can not make tonight, one of my dogs is very sick, so it is a trip to the vets instead.. Take notes, see you on Saturday

    March 13, 2013

  • Ira S

    Really was looking forward to this meetup, but need to stay in DC Wednesday night.

    March 12, 2013

  • Kim Hale G.

    Kenny and Parsh, if this post is not allowed, I apologize, and please let me know and I will delete it right away. I have a few boxes of Girl Scout cookies to sell. Is anyone that is going to be there tomorrow night interested? I'd be happy to bring them with me. I have 2 Savannah Smiles, 1 Samoas, 1 Tagalongs, 1 Tagalong snack bars and 2 Double Dutch snack bars. $4/box

    March 12, 2013

  • John

    What beauty dish did you get? Using it with your speed lights?

    March 1, 2013

    • Parsh M.

      John, I got the Fotodiox Dish-18-Canon Fotodiox 18-Inch Beauty Dish with Soft Diffuser Sock and Speedring Bracket for Canon Flash Speedlite 600EX-RT, 580EX, II, 430EX from Amazon. Since it was my first dish, I wanted to get something in the sub $100 range. Its really well made and for $69 (including bracket) a bargain!!

      March 4, 2013

  • Parsh M.

    Here is a great video that explains how to properly use the beauty dish.

    February 28, 2013

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