Beauty Dish 78CM vs ring light
The beauty dish reflector is a legendary light shaping tool popularized by fashion and portrait photographers. This Impact 22″ Beauty Dish Reflector lives up to its potential by offering a bridge between softboxes and umbrellas that yields a soft but crisp light with snappy contrast and a textural quality that flatters makeup on models and accentuates character in portrait subjects. The secret is a built-in deflector that bounces the flash’s direct output backwards, filling the shallow dish and casting a wide beam of soft light forward. The Beauty Dish fits most major brands with the separate purchase of an adapter.
The Beauty Dish can also be used in combination with a diffuser sock or honeycomb grid, which allows for further modification of the light output.
The perfect accessory for the portrait photographer, the Fotodiox beauty dish uniquely diffuses light to provide high output with moderate feathering. Unlike a softbox or a reflector which has an “illuminating” surface, the beauty dish has a circle of light with an opaque center and an internal light shield that allows bounce-only lighting. How does the beauty dish compare to a softbox? As the beauty dish is smaller, it will result in less-soft shadows. It will also provide moderate round catch lights in the eyes, where a softbox will yield larger rectangular catch lights. Fotodiox beauty dishes use a parabolic reflector in 80° angle to focus light towards a wrapped area.
The Fotodiox beauty dish also come with a diffusion ‘sock’ for further controlling the sharpness of shadows. You can use soft diffuser cover and honeycomb grid to further change the light pattern, creating a wrapped, contrasted look, which adds a very dramatic effect. The optional 50° Honeycomb Grid contains the light to a more tubular pattern, for more of a spot light effect without light spill. (sold separately)
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