DIY Beauty Dish Examples: Portraits

DIY Beauty Dish Test Portraits

You may have seen a tweet or two over the last month about a little project I've been working on: building a DIY beauty dish. The full details and how-to on my design are ready to go, but first, here's a look at a few examples shot with the homebrew light modifier for speedlights.

The Dillinger Escape Plan, Portraits

DIY Beauty Dish Test Portraits

DIY Beauty Dish Test Portraits

DIY Beauty Dish Test Portraits

The Dillinger Escape Plan, Portraits

DIY Beauty Dish Test Portraits

Photographer's Notes:

In the above examples (and the one below), I've used the DIY beauty dish with a Nikon SB-900 speedlight, for which the dish was specifically built.

Overall, I'm very much liking the quality of light from this DIY beauty dish, which splits the difference somewhere between a bare bulb and a softbox or umbrella.

End Notes:

Stay tuned for the design details and how-to for this DIY beauty dish, the Mark II design. Chris and I are calling it the Chinatown Special.

DIY Beauty Dish Examples – Portraits

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon Z 7:
I use two Nikon Z 7 for my live music photography. A true do-it-all mirrorless camera with amazing AF, great speed and fantastic resolution.


Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8S:
The 24-70mm is my go-to lens. The range is ideal for stage front photography and the image quality is superb.


Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR:
A perfect pair to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, I can basically shoot any job with the midrange and this lens. Superb image quality.


Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8:
Ultra-wide perspective, ridiculously sharp even wide open at f/2.8. I love using this lens up-close and personal, where it excels.

See My Full Kit for Concert Photography

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