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
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