DIY Beauty Dish

with 2 comments

he Anatomy of a Beauty Dish
The principle of a beauty dish is relatively simple: flash is fired through the back of a large concave dish into a smaller reflector, which returns the flash into the bowl for an outward projection of indirect light.

With DIY beauty dishes, there are three main components:

Reflecting dish
Internal reflector
Mount (speedlight/light stand)
Non-DIY Beauty Dish Options
If you don’t want to build your own beauty dish, there are lots of options available for photographers using speedlights all the way up to studio strobes.

For the strobist, I would recommend the ePhoto 22″ Beauty Dish, which is identical to this 22″ (55cm) beauty dish available via eBay. A smaller 16″ Beauty Dish from Cowboystudio is also available for a cheap $48. These are the cheapest beauty dishes available, come ready to mount a speedlight flash, and they’re still much less expensive than the top of the line Mola beauty dishes that we all really want.

If you’re looking for a beauty dish for your small flash and don’t have the power tools to make my design, I recommend these choices, this will help you with any type of photoshoot and a quick fact, you can use them as light for getting your eyebrows done or for shaving to have a better and right lightning, check here for Picking the best trimmers for pubes that are cheap so you can have the while package and be ready.

For everyone else shooting studio strobes, you can see a huge variety of beauty dishes from B&H Photo Video here.

Made a beauty dish! Inspired by the guys over at IShootShows’s – The Best DIY Beauty Dish

47cm Mixing Bowl = $12
8cm Aluminium Pizza Tray = $7
From London and American Supplies in Elizabeth St, Melbourne

Nuts, Bolts, Spraypaint = $20
Dremel cutting wheel kit = $30
From Bunnings Warehouse – All across australia

Speedlight adapter = $30
From eBay!





Some photos that I’ve shot with this thing:



Written by Aaron

November 12th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Posted in DIY

Tagged with , ,

2 Responses to 'DIY Beauty Dish'

Subscribe to comments with RSS or TrackBack to 'DIY Beauty Dish'.

  1. Dude, this is amazing. Can I ask was it hard cutting into the bowl? Also, is the back of the pizza tray sprayed white?


    21 Jun 12 at 12:27 am

  2. Thanks Chris, It wasn’t hard at all..a dremel tool makes light work of the bowl, and yep – the whole pizza tray is sprayed white.

    Aaron Tan

    21 Jun 12 at 8:23 am

Leave a Reply

(Will use your Facebook details if you are logged in, no need to fill out details!)