BEAUTY FOR A BUCK

Adam Croy gets to work cre­at­ing a DIY beauty dish for just one dol­lar, and ex­plains how you could achieve this your­self

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Adam Croy gets to work cre­at­ing a DIY beauty dish for just one dol­lar and ex­plains how to achieve this at home

When I was brows­ing my way through the World Wide Web look­ing for the next idea for a pro­fes­sional tech­nique that could be achieved at home, I came across some­thing that seemed as if it was never go­ing to work — build­ing a beauty dish for the cost of one dol­lar.

A beauty dish is quite a spe­cific piece of pho­to­graphic equip­ment, and is most heav­ily used in the fash­ion in­dus­try. De­signed to project a light that is harder than a soft box emits but softer than di­rect light, de­pend­ing on its size, it tends to de­liver a sweet spot. The light ef­fect cre­ated on the sub­ject is soft but con­trasty, bring­ing out great de­tail in a sub­ject’s face, and the shape and di­rect na­ture of the dish al­lows for other de­tails, like catch­light in the eyes.

Given such an ap­par­ently con­flict­ing ar­ray of ben­e­fits, you can see why I was scep­ti­cal. Mak­ing one for an off-cam­era flash seemed easy enough, but with such a spe­cific light­ing re­quest, would it come even close to work­ing?

What you need:

2x paper/plas­tic/poly­styrene plates or bowls (mine were 23cm across)

2x screws (51–76mm / two–three inches long)

1x piece of tin­foil

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