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Beauty dish vs. softboxes
Old 02-20-2006, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, can someone tell me the difference in quality of light between beauty dishes and softboxes. Thank you. Nathan
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Re: Beauty dish vs. softboxes
Old 02-21-2006, 06:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Since I don't own one, I can only tell you this, the difference is the size of your brain. If you understand the the concepts of the three or four elements of light (direction, specularity, quality etc.) you can appreiciate the differences in light catching and light projecting devices. I cannot spell it out any better that that. It is about the way you see and practice photography.

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Re: Beauty dish vs. softboxes
Old 02-21-2006, 09:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I sure that is not what he was asking. There is nothing wrong with silence if you can not add in the process.
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Old 02-21-2006, 09:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have seen both of these in use. The softbox will create a more even and softer light with less harsh shadows depending partly on the size of the softbox. Probably a bigger catch light in the persons eyes. The beauty dish might be a brighter light that could possibly cast a stronger shadow but be more useful for outdoor lighting. Hope this helps a little but I don't have photo samples of both to show to you.

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After a quick Googling I found these comparison shots. Softbox vs dish. It may help.
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=10139440
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Old 02-21-2006, 02:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Very quick responses, thank you. The one lecture I took in portrait photography, umbrellas were the only example used. I try to go on peoples websites to see what equipment they use and what was achieved with the tools. This makes me wonder, what would happen if he/she did that shot and used a beauty dish instead? (or vice versa) Thank you so much for the link! Nate
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Ive been using umbrellas, but I have found that adding a a big white sheet in front of it makes the light a lot softer and also makes nicer reflections in the eyes. Images 3-6 on this page is done this way.
http://www.modellbilder.se/photosess...cnum=undefined
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Re: Beauty dish vs. softboxes
Old 02-21-2006, 05:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Nice work!
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Yes, anything that makes the light source larger relative to the model softens the light. I often just use a large frame I built out of PVC (7'x4') and then I clamp a sheet behind it. I can then put any number of strobe heads behind it to get a giant wall of light that is very soft and sensuous.



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Old 02-21-2006, 07:39 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Here's a couple of examples...maybe not the best though

Softbox...


Beauty dish...


Notice the shadow edge under each nose, the BD is a bit harder.
Notice the catchlights also, one square, one round.

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