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I saw this on Strobist and thought, hey it is cheap to make and looks like it provides good results, why not try it?

I looked everywhere yesterday and could only find weird shaped plastic bowls.

Besides, Target, Walmart and the Dollar Store, can you think of any other place where I could find a bowl like this?

I am guessing it is about 14-18 inches wide.

davidtejada.blogspot.com/2008/04/beauty-dish-for-sb-800.html
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Shana Jo/A Mother's Soul Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Shana Jo/A Mother's Soul (admin) 10 years ago
That looks like a flower planter with the color and ridges on the bottom. Check out some gardening centers at places like Home Depot and Wal-Mart.
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Thanks Shana, I actually found out it is a planters bowl/pot from home depot.
Looks like I have a Sunday project.
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JulesAmeel PRO 10 years ago
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i took the easy way out on this one
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Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 10 years ago
Easy way meaning, you bought one?

For my level of portrait photography an hours time and $15 is more appealing. if I were getting paying gigs, I would spring for the $130 Alien Bees version.
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JulesAmeel PRO 10 years ago
i think you'll be happy with the results either way, it's become my absolute favorite light mod with only a few times use, until then i thought shoot through was the way to go. and photo gigs did pay for it so i dont feel all that bad
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Do you get a lot of local gigs?
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JulesAmeel PRO 10 years ago
i did some stuff for redbull (i didnt get paid, but i have been selling off the case of redbull they gave me) this past weekend and then the bulk of it ive had to drive down to the cities for just a few band promos
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JulesAmeel PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by JulesAmeel (moderator) 10 years ago
here's a quick BD demo i did cuz i was bored a couple minuets ago
AB with BD 45 deg camera right
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it looks so much like sunlight its amazing, if you look at the dave hill setups he almost always has a BD on a boom 45 degrees up from a persons head to kind of mimic the sun
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duluthiscool 10 years ago

do you have multiple sizes of cd holders? if you did... you could maybe purchase two mirrors, and interchange them as required?


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I do have a shorty and a tallie.
Might be worth experimenting with.
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maxcaven 10 years ago
Jules how many aliens do you have? jeeeez man. I think I see 3 there?

do you still wana buy my pocket wiz? $125?
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maxcaven 10 years ago
PS -I love my DIY ring flash
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JulesAmeel PRO 10 years ago
yes i do most likely, and i do have three and batteries, but if you think about it theyre cheaper than sb800's so woot woot for that
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maxcaven 10 years ago
I just didn't know you had three... I only knew you had one. Too bad we never shoot man.
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I just finished it up, it is sitting outside until the paint smell goes away.

Now I have to find someone to stick on front of the camera.
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JulesAmeel PRO 10 years ago
i'm really excited to see the results!
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What is the best position for a beauty dish in relation to the subject?

I am reading 1x-2x the diameter of the dish away from the subject.
So, mine is 17'' wide, that would mean it should be about 1.5-3 feet away.
How about height?
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Testing the DIY Beauty Dish
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JulesAmeel PRO 10 years ago
i usualy put it pretty high, in my experience it depends on what your using it for, but if it's your only one i'd do it a little bit above the head and angled down
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N. Lindstrom Photo 10 years ago
Could you post a pic of the whole set up?
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Sure,
If anyone wants to meet up somewhere to play with the setup, we could do that too.

Image to come later when i get home, however it looks identical to the one in the link I posted.
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