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Old 08-18-2007, 09:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I will have my beautydish in a few days. So my question is this :

Just how close do you need the dish from the model ? I will be doing head shots to focus on the models face and makeup. Is it more of trial and error or what ?

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I will have my beautydish in a few days. So my question is this :

Just how close do you need the dish from the model ? I will be doing head shots to focus on the models face and makeup. Is it more of trial and error or what ?

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I think it will be one of those things where you will need to move the light around a little to see what effects you get, but like using a soft box, the closer you get to the model with it, the larger the catch lights will be.
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I think it will be one of those things where you will need to move the light around a little to see what effects you get, but like using a soft box, the closer you get to the model with it, the larger the catch lights will be.
That's a good point. Is there a little known rule as to what size catch lights should be in a head shot? My guess is not to big and not very small. Something in the middle.
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That's a good point. Is there a little known rule as to what size catch lights should be in a head shot? My guess is not to big and not very small. Something in the middle.
I don't think there is any specific rule on that. It's a matter of what you like.
The pictures I have the catch lights tend to be smaller since my home made beauty dish is only 13 inches in diameter. The Alien Bee dish and the Mola dish are both much bigger.
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Old 08-18-2007, 12:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I generally use mine about 4 ft from her face when doing close up work, and move it back as much as I like when shooting more than just her head.
It's fun just to play around with it, and use the grid or the flat reflector ( Hensel dish ) as different looks too.
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INteresting thread, as I'm interested to have beauty dish too.
Sorry for offtopic, and asking what is the appropriate diameter of dish for close-up portraits.
I see that there are types with different depth of dish and different size of the small middle dish inside the beauty dish itself.
Can I kindly ask you to give these 3 dimensions (depth and two diameters of big and small middle dish) of your beauty dish to make some comparations since in my country there is no store to buy it and have to order it by post from other country.

What is the purpose of the grid infront of the beauty dish.
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The grid is used to control the light. It will change the degree of the spread of the light.
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Old 08-19-2007, 05:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The closer the source the softer the light. So keep the dish as close as possible while still providing the coverage you're looking for. My 33.5" Mola falls off about a half-stop from the center to the perimeter. I don't know about other manufacturer's dishes. Generally, when I'm using the dish and shooting, say, 3/4 body shots, the dish is about 3 to 4 feet away from the subject.
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