Health and Beauty

beauty dish

Understanding Light - Working with hard light

We love a certain image.

Simply copying a shot will only get you so far unless you first understand why you’re copying it. If we instead look to replicate some of the key factors we love about a certain image, then we may well have more success in creating an image we ultimately love ourselves.

The Problem with Simply Copying

Let me highlight an example of some of the problems you can face by simply copying an image over actually understanding it first. One of the biggest issues with this approach is that you simply NEVER have the same ingredients with which to copy another image.

The model may have a different skin tone, your lighting brand may not be exactly the same and therefore you modifier may differ slightly. Also, elements that may not be apparent in the shot you’re copying can play a factor too.

Lighting never happens in a vacuum and as a result, the environments in which we take the shots will differ as well. In fact, even when I try to copy my own work, I never get the exact same look because there are simply far too many variables to account for between each shoot. But more importantly, even when I am trying to copy a look I’ve previously created, I’m adapting to the ingredients I have on the day.

What is the difference between a pearl dish and a beauty dish?

are they the same or slightly different, i have two i call them pearl dishes, i notice american english they use beauty dish, are they the same thing?

thanks (sorry for the serious nature of this question) - am i pretty?
they are


A pearl dish uses pearl, a beauty dish is a soap-holder.
Pretty is in the eye of ..... the bag-holder?

Which is better and why? Alienbees Large Octabox or Alienbees Beauty Dish with Diffusion Sock?

I have enough money saved up for either a Large Octabox --OR-- a beauty dish with diffusion sock (and some miscellaneous accessories)

which is more worth my money? i already have a slew of umbrellas, so i'm looking for a different, useful,


The light from an Octobox and a beauty dish aren't all that different. They are different but not worlds apart like you'd expect. So what has more usefulness to you? Based on the portable part of it, I'd say the Octobox. It can fold down for travelling


The light from an Octobox and a beauty dish aren't all that different. They are different but not worlds apart like you'd expect. So what has more usefulness to you? Based on the portable part of it, I'd say the Octobox. It can fold down for travelling