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Photographer

Chip Bulgin

Posts: 46

Severna Park, Maryland, US

These were all shot with a diffused 22" Mola above with a dull silver reflector just underneath her bust. The dish is maybe an arms-length away from the model and angled down so that I'm lighting the models with the edge of the light just before it falls off. Also, there are two 4' x 8' black V-flats on either side of the models that serve to suck light away from the sides of their faces. It helps define the cheekbones.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120318/21/4f66b337daf34_m.jpg

These two were shot with an undiffused 22" Mola. In the shot on the left the dish was about 8' away. In the shot on the right it was otherwise set up as those above. You can kind of get an idea of how the Mola looks diffused vs. undiffused.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120318/21/4f66b339b0724_m.jpg

Wm Velasquez wrote:
Some amazing images shot with the BD guys..... thank you for starting this thread.

I'm wondering what BD the OP has compare to the other BD owners that posted their images.

I'm also wondering how much post-processing is involved to end with the results shown on your images...Anyone happen to have their images straight out of the camera without post-processing and is willing to post it for comparison and educational reasons

OP, my apologies in advance if you think I highjack your thread.

Thanks again guys! wink

Here's a retouched vs. unretouched image of mine. I did a straight convert to B&W in Lightroom, but otherwise there aren't any adjustments to the bottom image. 22" diffused Mola at ~11 o'clock and again a dull silver reflector just under her bust and black V-flats on either side.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120318/21/4f66b33b7f31e_m.jpg
I strive to get as much right as possible with make up and lighting and keep post-production to a minimum. Post on the top shot is +15 orange in the raw converter to boost her skin just a smidge, blemish removal, getting rid of a couple of flecks of mascara, and the use of Imaginomic Portraiture at it's lowest setting on a second layer and opacity at 60%. I used liquify on the image-left side of her top lip to make it appear as full as the image-right side.

Lots of other images in my port that make use of the beauty dish.

-Chip

Mar 18 12 09:30 pm Link

Photographer

Coogan Photo

Posts: 820

Phoenix, Arizona, US

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110617/03/4dfb25ff8a18e.jpg

Mar 18 12 09:39 pm Link

Photographer

Brian Woods

Posts: 120

Chester, England, United Kingdom

Again, thank you for posting some stunning images.

A little earlier in the thread someone asked which dish I was using and I'm starting to wonder if the dish is part of the cause.

I bought a white dish from a seller on ebay which seemed to be a popular choice, but it's only 16" and the majority of shots in this thread seem to be from dishes between 18 and 22 ", I wonder if this is partly responsible for the look im getting?

Has anyone compared a 16 to a 22 ?

Mar 19 12 06:39 am Link

Photographer

Selene Photographica

Posts: 1822

Baltimore, Maryland, US

I love the dish, for me I never use it by itself as the shadows go very deep (many posting here have handled that effect beautifully, however) but as you can see I like to use it to create a glow around the face by using tight gridded strobes as fill.

18+

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/27585676

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/27585634

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111203/12/4eda83b63065d_m.jpg

Mar 19 12 06:43 am Link

Photographer

SKITA Studios

Posts: 1566

Boston, Massachusetts, US

These were done w/ a gridded speedo dish:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120124/19/4f1f7ae3679c9_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120111/18/4f0e439432ae1_m.jpg

Mar 19 12 08:32 am Link

Photographer

Brian Woods

Posts: 120

Chester, England, United Kingdom

Lovely, keep em coming smile

Im really starting to see what can be done with a dish

Mar 19 12 12:19 pm Link

Photographer

BlueMoonPics

Posts: 4437

New York, New York, US

All shot with a PCB 22" silver BD with no grid or sock.

BD is pretty much overhead about 3 feet from subject...
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120221/07/4f43bb34ecc99_m.jpg http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120227/18/4f4c39bd9dbdd_m.jpg

Not sure if I had a grid on this but the BD is about 5 feet away from subject to the left of image.  There was a bit of light falloff on the arm and tummy area that was brought back in Photoshop...
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120105/05/4f05a917bd7bf_m.jpg

Mar 19 12 12:30 pm Link

Photographer

Brian Woods

Posts: 120

Chester, England, United Kingdom

It sure looks like I'm going to have to upgrade my dish to a 22" item.

Not sure we can get Paul Buff's stuff over here in the UK yet, any recommendations for a 22" dish with an S type fitting?

Mar 19 12 01:54 pm Link

Photographer

Dan Pope

Posts: 65

London, England, United Kingdom

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100113/12/4b4e2b0d13d7b_m.jpg

Dish with cover high front. In fact almost every pic in my port here is one BD only

Mar 19 12 02:02 pm Link

Photographer

liddellphoto

Posts: 1801

London, England, United Kingdom

Brian Woods wrote:
It sure looks like I'm going to have to upgrade my dish to a 22" item.

Not sure we can get Paul Buff's stuff over here in the UK yet, any recommendations for a 22" dish with an S type fitting?

I shipped a kacey beauty dish over here from the US, VAT and other charges only came to £21, shipping was $64 though. If you get in touch he seems to be able to manage most mounts.

Paul Buff stuff is available to us here http://paulcbuff.eu.com but I know some don't like the newer version of the beauty dish.

Mar 19 12 02:58 pm Link

Retoucher

The Invisible Touch

Posts: 717

Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain

digitalfrog wrote:
The immense majority of my pictures use a dish, a few with a softer look would be shot with an Elinchrom DT.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7193/6958544427_81267e2216_z.jpg

Wow!! Just stunning image!!

Mar 19 12 03:07 pm Link

Model

Shei P

Posts: 402

Los Angeles, California, US

cool pics in this thread

Mar 19 12 03:39 pm Link

Photographer

D M E C K E R T

Posts: 4786

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

grid over the sock:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v315/violadeity/DME_3775eSM.jpg

normal:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v315/violadeity/DSC_2098e.jpg

i've kinda fallen out of love with my BD the last couple shoots (not the above)...and have really been loving the PLM, softlighter, and a balcar box i don't know the name of.

Mar 19 12 08:23 pm Link

Photographer

EYESPHOTOGRAPHY

Posts: 22

Denver, Colorado, US

Dish overhead with 2 kicker lights on each side of the model.
Image was about a stop under exposed in order to the look I wanted:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120123/22/4f1e552b9b12f.jpg

This one was also under exposed by 1 stop:

http://www.bluweddingphotography.com/images/Ashley.jpg

Mar 20 12 12:22 am Link

Photographer

Kung-Fu-Flavor

Posts: 584

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/091006/00/4acaf68b8e0eb_m.jpg
One of my favorites!
JB
www.brooksavenuestudios.com

Mar 20 12 12:32 am Link

Photographer

dave phoenix

Posts: 1300

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Brian Woods wrote:
Again, thank you for posting some stunning images.

A little earlier in the thread someone asked which dish I was using and I'm starting to wonder if the dish is part of the cause.

I bought a white dish from a seller on ebay which seemed to be a popular choice, but it's only 16" and the majority of shots in this thread seem to be from dishes between 18 and 22 ", I wonder if this is partly responsible for the look im getting?

Has anyone compared a 16 to a 22 ?

i would suggest that before you buy a 22, you set up a mannequin head and do some testing. or a lot of testing.

Mar 20 12 12:35 am Link

Photographer

Paul Hastie

Posts: 12

Coventry, England, United Kingdom

Lencarta do a very nice large beauty dish and I believe it is free shipping. Worth a look

Mar 20 12 12:36 am Link

Photographer

photoimager

Posts: 4906

Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom

Brian Woods wrote:
It sure looks like I'm going to have to upgrade my dish to a 22" item.

Not sure we can get Paul Buff's stuff over here in the UK yet, any recommendations for a 22" dish with an S type fitting?

The Bowens dish is one of the most adaptable, not the cheapest by any means, particularly if you go for the complete package.

Gridded Hensel dish with accent tube ( 'enhanced snoot' ) to add a wash of light to the face:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120224/02/4f4769f85d3ea.jpg

Hensel dish as sole light source with no grid or other modification:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120224/02/4f476ac8412a4.jpg

Hensel Beauty dish as key, tri-flector below face, accent tube hair light:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110304/11/4d7139df87a65.jpg

Mar 20 12 01:55 am Link

Photographer

PhillipM

Posts: 6555

Martin, Tennessee, US

White AB beauty dish..

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110919/10/4e777790d2bcc.jpg

Mar 20 12 04:50 am Link

Photographer

Brian Woods

Posts: 120

Chester, England, United Kingdom

Thanks for the images guys, i looked at the bowens dish at the recent focus on imaging show, but i couldn't find any reviews on how it performed with all the diffusers and grids in place etc.

Does anyone know of any lighting diagrams for setup to achieve some of the stunning shots in this thread?

Mar 20 12 06:40 am Link

Photographer

Yosh Studio

Posts: 1162

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US

dave phoenix wrote:
i would suggest that before you buy a 22, you set up a mannequin head and do some testing. or a lot of testing.

http://flic.kr/s/aHsjrkfL9L

Mar 20 12 07:59 am Link

Photographer

ward

Posts: 6135

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Mar 20 12 08:08 am Link

Photographer

Brian Woods

Posts: 120

Chester, England, United Kingdom

Love it !

I need to find the sock that came with the dish and then I need to find a model.

The images posted in here have really served to inspire me to try harder with the dish

Mar 21 12 01:44 am Link

Photographer

Eric Fagerheim

Posts: 125

Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway

http://www.fotofashion.no/wp-content/gallery/augusto-2012/img_0576-edit-2.jpg

http://www.fotofashion.no/wp-content/gallery/monsen-2011/img_9936-edit.jpg

both with mola demi smile

Mar 21 12 02:20 am Link

Photographer

MichaelClements

Posts: 1739

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

LOVE my beauty dish


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120310/19/4f5c20fcaf67d.jpg

Mar 21 12 02:43 am Link

Photographer

Exposed Beauty Imaging

Posts: 134

Glendale, Arizona, US

Mar 21 12 08:16 am Link

Photographer

Mike Kelcher

Posts: 12894

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Here's some of mine. All taken with a beauty dish...either 18" or 22" on either a Photogenic Powerlight or a 600w/s Norman.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/061217/06/4585258e24ce3.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/080421/04/480c4da93942a.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120110/00/4f0bf8c5cb076.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110506/07/4dc4061e141e7.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/070929/02/46fdf6f190025.jpg

Mar 21 12 08:52 am Link

Photographer

Kenny Goldberg

Posts: 260

Costa Mesa, California, US

Shot with 22" silver lined beauty dish with sock on it and Nikon sb800 speedlight as power, (camera right) as well as fill from 32" softbox  powered by YN560 speedlight (camera left), and another YN560 with small grid as kicker (camera right just behind model 120 degrees). Then to blow out the white seemless paper I had two Nikon sb600's on the ground aimed straight up at paper. These two beautiful twin models were shot in shade outside on my back porch. I love the beauty dish!

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110824/20/4e55c7a7ce7a7.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110824/20/4e55bf1d74ac3.jpg

Mar 21 12 11:36 am Link

Photographer

Jeremy DuBrul

Posts: 239

Chicago, Illinois, US

Here is an example:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100130/11/4b6485e1d1f77.jpg

Speedotron 22", heavily modded with an umbrella fill directly behind me.

Mar 21 12 11:41 am Link

Photographer

Creative Concept Studio

Posts: 2564

Fort Worth, Texas, US

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110430/15/4dbc87f3a73cf.jpg

Mar 21 12 01:08 pm Link

Photographer

Nytetym

Posts: 66

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Mar 21 12 02:13 pm Link

Photographer

J E A N

Posts: 192

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

22" speedo
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111127/14/4ed2b74c9ada9.jpg

Mar 21 12 02:44 pm Link

Photographer

Revolver X

Posts: 63

LA JOLLA, California, US

I used a 22" BD with grid and sock for my avatar image. Check my port and you can see BTS lighting setup for other images of Melissa as well.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120320/15/4f690457a8834.jpg

Mar 21 12 03:18 pm Link

Model

sammie cartwright

Posts: 639

London, England, United Kingdom

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120311/05/4f5ca1080998b.jpg

i don't know how he did it (technically speaking) but i love this one which was shot with a beauty dish x

Mar 21 12 03:23 pm Link

Photographer

Fotografica Gregor

Posts: 4122

Alexandria, Virginia, US

Everything from these series were shot with a Mola Euro

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120319/19/4f67ede4d67c1.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120321/01/4f6991a868b19.jpg

Mar 21 12 03:26 pm Link

Photographer

Brian Woods

Posts: 120

Chester, England, United Kingdom

Has anyone in the UK managed to get hold of a mola dish?
They don't appear to have any distributors sad

Some more awesome shots added, thanks

Mar 22 12 06:52 am Link

Photographer

Mike Haftel

Posts: 207

Detroit, Michigan, US

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110724/11/4e2c6ac29a6ce.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110304/18/4d71a5758162c.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110304/18/4d71a529218e8.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110304/18/4d71a518695b0.jpg

Mar 22 12 07:15 am Link

Photographer

T Imagery

Posts: 14

Tralee, Kerry, Ireland

Mar 22 12 08:08 am Link

Photographer

Signature Studios LLC

Posts: 138

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

I like to be creative with a beauty dish and try different set-ups.

This one I had natural sunlight coming in to create the pattern on the wall. I then used a beauty dish to light the model.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/27232942

This next one I had the beauty dish about 6 feet above the models head and about 5 feet to the side. I aimed it so the direct light wasn't hitting the model, only the feathered light. I then had a 5' x 2' softbox in horizontal position about 1 foot off the floor (the model was laying on the floor) and about 5 feet back right in front of the model. The softbox was about 2 stops lower than the beauty dish.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/27479819

Mar 22 12 09:39 am Link

Photographer

TuesdayGlamour

Posts: 246

Akron, Ohio, US

Phil Drinkwater wrote:
Probably 4/5 of my portfolio..

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110728/09/4e318cd5c19da.jpg

damn! that's amazing!!!

Mar 22 12 09:43 am Link