Beauty dish light modifiers are expensive.
I'm a hobbyist photographer.
I'm a cheapskate.
I made one for roughly 5 dollars and 45 minutes..
Step 1: Materials and tools:
Materials:- $1 1x large shallow bowl/bucket
- if you can find a shiny metal bowl, this will work as well, but is harder to cut
- again, shiny metal is more expensive, but better
- I could only find small 1m rolls, so i bought 3 of them.
Tools:- hobby knife
- duct tape
- scrap cardboard
- clear packing tape
Step 2: Tape up the bucket
I accidentally bought two types of tape (they came in small rolls from the dollar store) - one shiny, one matte. I put the matte on the bottom where it's probably most needed. Obviously you don't need this if you use a shiny metal bowl.
Cover the inside as smoothly as possible. I've heard of using Al foil and glue, but this way is much cleaner.
Cut a hole in the bottom of the bucket the same size as your flash head, (image 2)