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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  Quote 
Photographer
Coogan Photo
Posts: 820
Phoenix, Arizona, US


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110617/03/4dfb25ff8a18e.jpg
Mar 18 12 09:39 pm  Link  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
Selene Photographica
Posts: 225
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  Quote 
Photographer
SKITA Studios
Posts: 1,557
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
BlueMoonPics
Posts: 3,500
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
liddellphoto
Posts: 1,798
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  Quote 
Retoucher
The Invisible Touch
Posts: 705
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  Quote 
Model
Shei P
Posts: 376
Los Angeles, California, US


cool pics in this thread
Mar 19 12 03:39 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
D M E C K E R T
Posts: 4,786
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
Brooks Avenue Studio
Posts: 578
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  Quote 
Photographer
dave phoenix
Posts: 1,256
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
photoimager
Posts: 4,734
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  Quote 
Photographer
PhillipM
Posts: 6,091
Martin, Tennessee, US


White AB beauty dish..

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110919/10/4e777790d2bcc.jpg
Mar 20 12 04:50 am  Link  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
Yosh Studio
Posts: 1,162
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  Quote 
Photographer
ward
Posts: 6,119
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Mar 20 12 08:08 am  Link  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
Eric Fagerheim
Posts: 124
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  Quote 
Photographer
MichaelClements
Posts: 1,662
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


LOVE my beauty dish


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120310/19/4f5c20fcaf67d.jpg
Mar 21 12 02:43 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Exposed Beauty Imaging
Posts: 134
Glendale, Arizona, US


Mar 21 12 08:16 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mike Kelcher
Posts: 12,623
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  Quote 
Photographer
Kenny Goldberg
Posts: 236
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  Quote 
Photographer
Jeremy DuBrul
Posts: 233
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  Quote 
Photographer
Creative Concept Studio
Posts: 2,496
Fort Worth, Texas, US


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110430/15/4dbc87f3a73cf.jpg
Mar 21 12 01:08 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Nytetym
Posts: 66
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Mar 21 12 02:13 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
J E A N
Posts: 176
Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium


22" speedo
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111127/14/4ed2b74c9ada9.jpg
Mar 21 12 02:44 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Revolver X
Posts: 62
Honolulu, Hawaii, 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  Quote 
Model
sammie cartwright
Posts: 639
Manchester, 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  Quote 
Photographer
Fotografica Gregor
Posts: 3,973
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
T Imagery
Posts: 14
Tralee, Kerry, Ireland


Mar 22 12 08:08 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Signature Studios LLC
Posts: 135
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
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