Make the most out of a beauty dish ...

SHAWN C. STEINER, EXPLORA:

Nearly every fashion and portrait photography has a beauty dish in their studio, or at least they should. This modifier is a classic because it produces a quality of light somewhere between that of a softbox and a standard reflector, basically giving photographers the best of both worlds when it comes to portraiture. It has an odd design to thank for this—it features a parabolic reflector with a deflector plate right in front of the light to bounce the light around the dish's surface evenly. By doing this, it can control the direction of the light and create a harder, more focused light with a dramatic but smooth falloff from the highlights into the shadows. By doing this, your subjects will have added definition, making it easier to show off distinct features, and still have a pleasing softer shadow quality, signatures of the wraparound lighting effect photographers desire.

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