DIY Beauty Dish Video Tutorial

Best DIY Beauty Dish: the Chinatown Special

But wait, there's more! While Chris and I were building the Mark II edition of the “Chinatown Special,” we also shot video during the whole process.

Got four minutes? Here's the walk-through of how to make what Chris and I think is the best DIY beauty dish.

For the full 10-step instructions, more photos of the design, and the complete parts list, check out the full write-up for this DIY beauty dish design.

We made it for the Nikon SB-900 speedlight, but you can make it for any speedlight flash.

You can see more examples of the Chinatown Special in my band promos and portraits.


End Notes:

If these instructions have been helpful to you, please drop me a comment, share this link, and go make a DIY beauty dish. Or, if you’re so inclined, buy yourself something nice through my affiliate links through B&H Photo in New York.

Also, if you enjoyed this video and would be interested in seeing more videos about gear, technique, and workflow tutorials for music photography, let me know, I'd love to hear from you.

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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