Beauty Dish test

Today, I made a beauty dish. This evening the paint was dry enough to give it a test.

I've still got to work out some sort of bracket to mount it on the light stand, but it would seem the dish itself works, even if it does eat light.

Strobist: SB-600 at 1/8th power into beauty dish, camera right about 1m from subject.

View all photos taken: Friday, 16th May 2008, This photo: 4:34pm

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  • David de Groot said:
    Here's a bad shot of the beauty dish:
    Beauty Dish
  • teejaybee said:
    Very cool!
  • David de Groot said:
    I've got a few more tweaks to do yet, like putting a white cover on the end of the CD case in the centre, and working out how to mount the darn thing on a light stand (purely a voice-activated light-stand accessory at the moment).
  • said:
    I guess you never place those things too far away from the subject anyway (even though it chews through light). Looks good. nice and big.
    What is the advantage over a shoot-through umbrella?
  • David de Groot said:
    I can crank up the flash power too I guess... Also making a smaller one to see how it performs (may be more efficient at lower power settings).
    As for the advantages over a shoot through, I'd say they're more directional than an umbrella.
  • Misteriddles said:
    david, your portraiture is moving with leaps & bounds. gr8 2 watch it developing.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Id :) I've been watching yours too - quite impressive :)
  • Klips said:
    Weirdest catchlights EVER. Great stuff though, good to see some DIY in action.
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah the catchlights are indeed a bit odd. Probably improve with a bit of distance from the subject, or more flash power.
  • tby_v said:
    Nice worm. Maybe fit in 2 strobes?? Feed that dish more light!
  • tby_v said:
    I mean work.
  • David de Groot said:
    Hmmm, you might be able to squeeze two strobes in, if you had two with narrow heads.
    The smaller version (I made two, the large dish posted yesterday, and a smaller one), is more manageable and does seem a bit more efficient.