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.