I think Fish said it best, â€śWhy use just a few words when a lot will do.â€?
Iâ€™ve wanted a beauty dish for a while now and thought of making one, but I couldnâ€™t find the right shape and material to make one. I tried a trash can lid, a do it yourself oil changing pan and finally remembered about Donâ€™s â€śsalad bowlâ€? beauty dish. With six dollars worth of Home Depot items (a white can of spray paint and three nuts and bolts.), and a donated (16â€?salad bowlâ€? attached to one of my Photogenic reflectors I had a new light source.
I had a light blocking unit in front of the strobe to reflect all the light into the bowl but the light was still too harsh, although not as harsh as a direct blast of light. I took off the light blocking unit and added an umbrella to shoot through. That did it. The quality of light coming through the umbrella is a lot softer after being reflected by the white â€śsalad bowlâ€? rather than a standard silver Photogenic reflector.
My brother is due over with his tap and die set so I can add a set screw to the other side so I can tighten the umbrella down when I use it in conjunction with the light blocking unit.
I was very pleased at the quality of light when I used it as the main light in conjunction with a bounced fill light and background lights. I was also pleased with the diffused shadows it produced when I used it as a single light source. Overall I think I was able produce some pretty good dtuff in spite other equipment malfunctions plaguing me last Saturday. Tell me what you think in the thread called â€śThe pleaser after the teaser.â€™ thread.