06. Mastering the Beauty Dish

In this chapter Karl walks you through a quite standard beauty dish lighting set up quite of often used for front cover magazine and fashion type shots. A tried and tested way to get great results Karl explains what other additions and extra kit can take your standard beauty dish shot and make it that little bit better.

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  1. Hi Karl, I was wondering, are the higher apertures you used common for this type of shot or were you primarily obliterating any ambient light?

    Love that triflector, think I’ll be investing in one soon!

    1. It’s whatever takes your fancy really Peter, some beauty shots where you want every bit of closeup make up detail revealed are shot at f16 others no so. If the ambient light from your studio is a problem then it’s worth turning down (or off) the modelling lamps and shutting the blinds. Ambient light from modelling lamps can be a problem when shooting at f2.8 and larger, I do a test shot first without the flash trigger to discover if the ambient light is being recorded. If you see a faint orange image then it is and you need to do something about it. Cheers Karl.

  2. Hi Karl, would you please tell me what kind of the black pigment on the black side of the Foam board?Did you DIY it by yourself?

    1. Hi Tripitaka, the polyboards are just painted with matt black emulsion (paint for walls / water based) painted with a roller.

  3. Arrrghhhh !!! What’s this ? Where are your Broncolor lights and Para ? And what is that “small” studio ? hahaha ! Just kidding :))) I like this portrait setup a lot. I don’t have place for polyboards, can I use collapsible black backgrounds, like the 180×210 from Lastolite instead ?

    1. Ha Ha this was before I moved to bron! Yes black cloth on some stands or collapsible black is good as long as it is absorbent.

  4. Karl. Quick question. If I hang black curtains on both sides of the model at about 3 feet from the model on both sides will that work like the Polly board? I am shooting in a car garage( one car size) and will use the railing that the door rides on to mount the black curtains. I am going to try it out tomorrow. Will let you know.
    Thank you,
    Robert

    1. Hi Robert, yes as long as it is black and absorbent it will be fine. Black velvet or felt is a good material.

      1. hi Karl,

        Could you give us the dimensions as well as the metal thickness of Custom Metal Polyboard Stand that you use please?

        Thanks

          1. Thank you, once you have sent me sizing info, I will publish a plan with quotation that I will send you and that you can make available to subscribers on this site if you wish!

  5. Hi Karl, I notice you didn’t use a diffuser or honeycomb on the front of the beauty dish. Is this just personal preference or is there more of a technical reason for not doing so?

    1. Hi Mark, I very rarely use a diffuser on the beauty dish? Which module have you seen that? I use a beauty dish or a Para for more sparkle, 3dimensionality for beauty or fashion shots. When you use a diffuser then you are essentially turning a beauty dish into almost a softbox (not quite as you will learn in ‘Light Source’).

      1. Of course, thank you! Thoroughly enjoying the course and I’ve learned a great deal, but for some bizarre reason I just didn’t join the dots on this one.

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