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First shoot with my beauty dish - Molley -

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May 23, 2009 09:47 |  #16

Looks great man! I knew you'd like it. See what I mean when using the beauty dish for younger people? Just the right amount of contrasty light.

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May 26, 2009 11:36 |  #17

Thanks everyone..

my set up was Alien Bees Beauty dish, 22 incher.. with a speed light and a blue gel..

i have crossed over to the dark side and bought an AB1600 for my main light source now.. triggered by my cheapy Alzo Digital triggers. so all of this must be done in manual.

reasons why i got the alien bee system:

1. stronger light source
2. faster recycle time
3. apollo softbox still works with this light
4. portable
5. new toy to enjoy?

but the stronger light source is the big reason.. i can now shoot across the frame and light the subject vs having the subject looking on the outer part of the frame.
also can deal with harsher lighting conditions if i need to work in sunlight. shoot @ F12-16 now if needed.

plus with lots of senior business coming this fall, i will need to be more effiecent, and have consistent light source, faster recycling, etc.

some asked about the Beauty Dish light better than softbox light? i see the beauty dish as a harsher, but not too harsh of a light source.. i can not really explain it fully, but as i read on Model Mayhem, and other much better photogs than myself, they all state that the Beauty Dish is their #1 light modifer.. so i took the risk and got one..

it does warm the skin up some how..don't know what or how but it does..

i will have to work with it some more to get more shots compile my data and come up with my own conclusions.


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May 26, 2009 11:59 |  #18

lighting and exposure are all very well done!

#1, 2 and 3 with her sitting, the "white" dress causes some unflattering "folds/features" in her chest area...this is not an issue when she is standing.

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