DIY Beauty Dish Enhances Your Portraits

Beauty dishes are great flash modifiers for portrait photographs, but even a cheap model will set you back at least $100. Skip it—a surprisingly effective DIY beauty dish costs less than $20. The F-Stops Here photography blog posts a project by David Tejada that combines a plastic salad bowl, en empty CD spindle, a plastic downspout attachment for a gutter, and a $3 convex mirror from an automotive store. The result is a thrifty beauty dish with incredibly polished looks. While he built his specifically for his Nikon SB-800 flash, his design would work well with any large flash and can be easily modified for smaller rigs. If you build the dish and want more flexibility with flash placement, research how to extend your flash cord using Ethernet to give yourself more creative room.


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