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kevs

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Beauty dish enough for BEauty or want softbox too?
« on: January 23, 2022, 06:28:13 pm »

I have Profoto metal white beauty dish with grid. I've tested their softboxes rfi's (not extensively, but a bit) and 3rd party brand  a bit. I don't see huge difference, but maybe I'm wrong any opinions on this for beauty, one  model, tight beauty. thanks!
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Re: Beauty dish enough for BEauty or want softbox too?
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2022, 03:32:45 am »

In my experience, beauty dishes produce "harder" light with shorter gradients between lights and shadows. The larger the softbox, the more visible the difference to a dish.

I like beauty dishes for Hollywood style lighting and perfect round eye reflections.

If you had both, you could use the other for fill/backlight:
Soft mainlight, hard (dish) backlight.
Hard (dish) mainlight, soft fill/backlight.

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Re: Beauty dish enough for BEauty or want softbox too?
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2022, 04:14:59 pm »

Hi, if you possibly can, try it out first to see if it suits you. The dishes are great, BUT.... there's much less transition between light and shadow and some - if not most, skin types aren't shown to their best, and can necessitate make-up or a lot or post-prod. Younger models endure this type of lighting better than older ones, but the nature of the light is a lot more interesting than a mere soft-box. The dish with bounced fill can produce lovely results. And then the Para awaits .....

Enjoy your journey!
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