snyder17315 wrote in post #14497795
I currently have the Paul C. Buff 22" white high output beauty dish. It's ok. Build quality is servicable, but the quality of light has me wanting. I mainly find that the light produced by it is not punchy or dramatic enough. It looks a little too smooth to me.
Big flat round things tend to make smooth light. You'd find the same true for the Elinchrom, Profoto, Balcar, Norman and pretty much any other shallow, white pan shaped modifier.
The shape of a Mola Demi is different, modulating the light as it dissipates towards the edge of the modifier. The effect is more contrast.
Making the BD deeper will add contrast, as will using a silver finish. This will be consistently true with any modifier, fabric or metal, and almost any shape, octagonal, round or rectangular.
Notice the popularity of the Elinchrom deep octa softboxes, same effect, more contrast because of the depth.
Given those qualities, there's a lot you can do with any modifier. Feather it, flag one or both sides at the subject, move it closer or further away from the subject.