Beauty Dishes are the favourite light shaping tool of fashion, glamour and portrait photographers who have moved beyond soft lighting and who want to emphasise high cheekbones and good complexions.
Beauty dishes are typically used at a distance of around 5’ (1.5m), because this is the optimum focussing point – many of the cheaper versions do not focus properly at any distance because they have been made cheaply, without an understanding of the need for a true parabolic design, but you may still wish to carry out your own tests in order to determine the different effects that can be achieved at different distances. At any given distance, a larger beauty dish will cover a larger area, and will produce a softer light, than a smaller one. It may be helpful to read this article, produced by The Photographic Academy.
Unlike the light from softboxes, the light is very controlled and directional and so is also ideal for backlighting and rimlighting, and for when vignettes are wanted. A free diffuser is included, this softens the light when needed and creates a light similar to that of a softbox.
A honeycomb grid allows even greater control of both light spread and flare and can produce stunning, dramatic lighting with very hard shadow transfer edges.
Our beauty dishes are available with a choice of white or silver finishes. We believe that Lencarta are the first manufacturer to introduce white beauty dishes - so what are the advantages and disadvantages of white compared to silver?
Advantages of white beauty dishes:
1. They produce softer light, which is more forgiving when photographing people who have less than perfect features.
2. When used with a honeycomb they do not create a shadow of the honeycomb, reflected from the interior of the dish.
Disadvantages of white beauty dishes:
Because white beauty dishes produce a less dramatic effect than silver ones, they are less suitable for subjects who have outstanding bone structure and complexion.
Available in a choice of 40 cm and 70cm diameter, Lencarta metal beauty dishes are supplied with a free diffuser, and a honeycomb is available separately.
Our metal beauty dishes are perfect for studio use, with their perfectly circular design.
We offer them ready to fit Lencarta, Elinchrom and Profoto flash heads, and speedrings can also be supplied to fit them to other makes of flash head.
Available in a choice of 60cm, 80cm and 120cm diameter, Lencarta Fabric Beauty Dishes fold up into a small bag for easy storage and transport. There are others available, but are more cheaply made with just 8 supporting rods (ours have 16) and "Beauty Dishes" with just 8 rods just send light in all directions except the correct one, so are not capable of producing a true beauty dish effect.
Our fabric folding beauty dishes are supplied with a free diffuser, a free honeycomb grid and a free carry bag.