This is my first instructable, and in it, we will learn how to make a mini beauty dish for your flash. The materials are cheap and the method is easy . I've started going into studio photography and I've come across many different lighting setups that involve pricey light systems that seem unnecessary. I built this system for under a dollar (but I live in china, so pricing depends on you) However, this will cost very little and will bring you awesome functionality for the price you invest :)
Oh yeah, check out my gallery here: http://lacusonline4.deviantart.com/gallery/
Step 1: Materials
- a cheap metal bowl (small)
- another larger metal bowl (large)
- a flash
- flash diffuser (not the internal ones, but the external ones where you put it on the flash)
- hot glue gun
- sharpie (or any permanent marker)
- construction grade pen knife (I recommend a better tool if you have one but this is the one I used)
- steel edge (metal ruler)
You should already have a flash at this point.
Step 2: Step 1:
I used a ruler just for precision.
Note: this should be a tight fit around your diffuser or else you might need to hot glue the diffuser to the bowl in the future!
Step 3: Step 2:
Step 4: Step 3:
Step 5: Step 4:
The last image shows the front of the bowl. This is what it should be like.
You might notice the dent in my bowl now. The bowl is thin so be careful with it. You can bend it back, but it will look ugly.
Small dents don't make any noticeable difference in the light quality... and that is what is important :)
Step 6: Step 5:
(The dark metal in the center is just a shadow and not the actual hole. Remember, This should be a tight fit, so the metal should bend a little bit.
Insert the flash into the diffuser. This should also be a tight fit.
Step 7: Step 6:
Quickly stick the smaller bowl onto the glue, facing upwards. (As shown)
It is important to make sure it's centered so that the ring of light produced will be even.
Step 8: Pictures of Beauty Dish
Step 9: Light Quality Produced
I would have to say that the light quality is pretty good coming from a 1 dollar project :) The spread of light is pretty even and it is bright. The best part about this, is that it is so light that I can attach it to the flash and just leave it there. No extra support needed!
You don't even have to use it with a flash. I use it in front of a lamp sometimes and it produces nice quality light. You can put a compact camera in the space in front of the front bowl and use it like a ring flash combo. It really works.
There are many, many more uses for this instructable that have yet to be discovered.
I hope you like this instructable.