In this Blog, we look at the differences between Beauty Dishes and try to help you decide which one would best suit you.
The 55cm silver interior beauty dish is a high-quality modifier which provides a soft, gentle light source from your lights with a little more contrast compared to a softbox. The soft yet contrasting light is perfect for accentuating facial features and helps to pull each single detail available from your subject, all whilst giving a unique catch light in the eyes of your subject. With many different fittings available, the interchangeable dish simply attaches to the front of your flash, strobe or light. This is the ideal modifier to provide a unique, high drama look to your photos which make it great for shooting beauty, makeup, fashion or portrait still life photography.
The 55cm Beauty Dish attaches to the mount on the front of your flash, and encapsulates the bulb with the light falling onto the highly reflective silver interior making sure that the light is evenly spread for maximum efficiency. The deflector dish reflects the light back onto the interior silver surface on the beauty dish, helping to cover the entire interior evenly with light, and then creating a light that wraps around the subject. This means that the beauty dish is an ideal modifier for portrait photography as it helps to perfectly surround the subject in light.
Due to the shape of the Beauty Dish and the fact that the light bounces around the interior, it helps to create a light with more contrast compared to using a Softbox. The more contrasting light source helps to accentuate the facial features of the subject and the round shape of the beauty dish also helps to create pleasing catchlights in the eyes of the subject that replicates a natural light source such as the sun, making it ideal for beauty and portrait photography.
Included with the beauty dish is a diffuser cap, which simply slides over the outer edge, and this further helps to further soften the light being produced and to reduce any unwanted shadows on your subject. The extra diffusion will help the light fall more naturally onto your subject, ideal for beauty and portrait shots when you are trying to get the most accurate look from your subject. The honeycomb grid clips onto the outer edge of the beauty dish which helps to narrow and better angle the light source, reducing any unwanted light spill and potential loss of light.
The silver interior of the beauty dish creates a cooler and more contrasting light and look compared to the softer and more natural looking light created by its white counterpart. As the interior is silver and therefore much more reflective, specular highlights of the subject are more pronounced and detailed, perfect for drawing out and accentuating facial features of your subject.
The beauty dish features a unique and revolutionary design feature which allows this to be used with a wide range of different flashes due to the interchangeable speedring. The compatible speedrings available for the beauty dish includes Bowens, Hensel, Elinchrom, Broncolor, Multiblitz and Profoto. So, if you have a wide range of different brand flashes, you are able to simply purchase the necessary speedring to connect your softbox to the mount of your flash units, making this a cost effective and high-quality solution to any modifier requirements.
The high-quality aluminium construction of the beauty dish is strong and durable, helping to create a dependable modifier that will keep working well for the foreseeable future, ideal for studio-based photography. It requires no further construction or assembly as it simply attaches directly to the mount of your flash, reducing any unnecessary loss of time during your shoot.
Included with this is a carry case that is capable of storing the beauty dish and the additional modifiers that come included. The strong and durable design of the carry case helps to keep everything protected and safe during transportation, and the addition of a shoulder strap helps to allow you to carry this modifier easier across tough and difficult location terrains.
The beauty dish is a high-quality and widely used modifier in the photography industry, helping to create a soft and gentle light source. The design helps to create a dramatic and unique lighting style without flaw, helping to create eye catching images for beauty, makeup fashion or portrait photography.
|Depth||19cm (without speedring)|
|Carry Case Specifications|
|Padding Thickness (Perimeter)||10mm|
|Padding Thickness (Lid)||8mm|
|Shoulder Strap Max Length||142cm|
The example photos below were both taken with a 55cm beauty dish with the identical camera settings (ISO 100, f/11 1/125 second). The one on the left was taken with a Silver Beauty Dish, and the one on the right was taken with a White Beauty Dish. Notice how much brighter the highlights are on the left photograph compared to the one on the right.
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