We believe that Lencarta are the first manufacturer to introduce beauty dishes with warm matt white interiors - so what are the advantages and disadvantages of white compared to silver?
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 focusing point for well-designed softboxes – many of the cheaper versions do not focus properly at any distance) but we advise you 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.
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 is also available. This allows even greater control of both light spread and flare and can produce stunning, dramatic lighting with very hard shadow transfer edges. Please note that although a flash head and honeycomb grid are shown in the 360 photo, they are NOT included.A larger, 70cm (27.5") model is also available.
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 light2. 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:They are about 0.8 of a stop less efficient in terms of light output, although this is not normally important as they are typically used very close to the subject.
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