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In this course, Rich Harrington and Abba Shapiro give beginning photographers a brisk look at using strobe lights in a studio setting—lessons that easily translate to the field and locations, inside and out. Learn why shooting with strobes and continuous lighting makes such a big impact on your photographs, and how to buy a good, affordable starter kit. Rich and Abba also show how to set your gear up, trigger your lights, and make modifications with accessories like reflectors, umbrellas, and soft boxes. Finally, learn how to make the most of what you have in a series of lighting challenges.
>> Well, now let's go ahead and actually modify what's on the light, and we're going to switch over to the beauty dish. >> Yeah, and this is just a large container that essentially is going to go on the front of the light and it takes, instead of the light being focused in a smaller area, it's going to spread it around. Now, this particular one, it's got a couple of layers. The light actually bounces, hits the center section and then spreads out. But it's pretty easy and you can get these for different brand lights. It just attaches to the front of the light. >> Now, that one is a 22 inch beauty dish.
They come in different sizes, you can get 14 inches, you can get collapsible ones, and the larger the beauty dish, the more focused as well as softer the light is. >> Just be careful as I put this on that it doesn't bang the bulb. There we go. And before I let go, make sure everything is tightened down because there's more weight on the front of this so if this was loose, the light might tip forward a little bit. So I think we're in good shape there. >> Hm. 'Kay, and it looks like it seems to be aimed properly at Valerie.
You'll notice that because of it's a reflection I'll take a test shot but I have a feeling that the light levels are going to be a little bit low unless I open up my aperture. So, once again, we have that dramatic look, but the shadows are actually softer because it's a bigger source. And that's the nice thing about a beauty dish. The other reason I like to use a beauty dish is you can get a really nice catch light in the eyes. And if you zoom in and you look at the eyes, they pop. You have this little circle of light that really makes the eyes shine.
Let me open this up a little bit. I'm going to move it down two stops. And 1, 2, 3 I like this a little bit better. I have a little more fall off on the background so it separates Valerie and because it's a larger source, the light wraps really beautifully. I'm going to take it one more notch up, and that is. A lot of times when you get a beauty dish, you actually can get a silk or a diffuser that you can put over it. So Rich, let's go ahead and put a diffuser on the beauty dish and see how it looks different.
>> I'll just slip that over being careful not to brush the bulb. >> And as a matter of fact, this is a generic silk. It wasn't the custom one that came with the dish. As a matter of fact, I just bought it by size. I said I need something that I'll fit over a 21, 22 inch dish, and I got this and it works beautifully. So let's go ahead and take another shot and then we'll compare the two. 3, 2, 1 Looking at them side by side, you can see there is a nuance of difference. The background is dark again, that's because it cut out some of the light, but the light is even softer than it was before.
A lot of times when I use a beauty dish, I'll use the silk when I shoot a female but I'll take it off when I shoot a male because I want it soft but not so soft.
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