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#1 FXMPhoto

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 18:39

Earlier this year I decided to act on the recommendation of Scott Kelby who included the Lumodi beauty dish on his Christmas gear list. I was looking for a flash modifier that was not too big (I already have a Wescott Apollo) and not too small. This seemed like the perfect compromise.

When It arrived, I immediately put it to the test with my - reluctant - step-daughter. Here is the setup with my SB700.

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This modifier was exactly what I was looking for. Small enough to lug around without much trouble but just big enough to give you a great quality of light. Another benefit is that it's easy to mount the flash to quickly and you can still use Nikon's CLS to trigger the flash (a small inconvenience of the Apollo).

Here are some of the results:
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 18:47

You have some nice photo's on your website.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 19:00

Thank you very much Clyde
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#4 Elsa Hoffmann

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 19:03

I am impressed with the beauty dish on a speedlight. !
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 23:00

I am impressed with the beauty dish on a speedlight. !

Elsa, so am I. It's small, very light, and quick to setup. The light is surprisingly good. I am very happy with it.
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 14:08

Very nice results. I do not have any lighting accessories beyond several flashes and the SU-800. The Lumodi looks like a perfect tool to get me going with a simple setup I can practice some portrait lighting with. Can someone recommend an optimum size for a beginner?

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 16:53

Jimeast, I have the 14" soft white version and it is perfect for portraits. Add a reflector to the setup and you have some very nice portrait options.
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 18:34

If you are a DYI kinda person check this out for about $20 bucks.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 02:18

JBPHoto, yes that works and seems to be a fun day project too. I think the Lumodi dish is a little more efficient (the light does not have to go through the plastic) and lighter than this DIY version would be. Still a good alternative and could save you some money.
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 04:41

Looks like an interesting project, James. Think I may try something like that but maybe with some modifications. Thanks for the ideas.
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Posted 20 June 2012 - 17:21

Can't say I have built this DIY BD but I found the process interesting for those who use speed lights. Personally I'd find another solution for the inside reflector that didn't use the CD container which may influence WB and certainly cut down light output a tad.

I have a Speedotron 22" BD for my strobes with the grid and sock as well as a portable battery source for AC but a smaller cheap version is intriguing. However the trick with a BD is to get it in close to the subject for soft light, usually no more than 2-3x the diameter of the dish.

Edited by JBPhoto, 20 June 2012 - 17:24 .

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 19:17

Right now, Lumodi has a special until September 30th of the 14" BD kit and the 11" BD kit for $119 total and are offering free shipping for this weekend. I bit the bullet and ordered the combo. They will ship international for 50% of the normal shipping also for this weekend.
I never did get around to the DIY kit. This special seems so much easier.
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:43

I built one of these DIY beauty dishes and it works very well.
At 10 ft. from my subject ISO200 it meters at f/8. It's a little
harsh so I looking to figure out a sock for it. Fits nice with
an SB800 but a little loose with an SB600.
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Posted 19 September 2012 - 00:04

I built one of these DIY beauty dishes and it works very well.
At 10 ft. from my subject ISO200 it meters at f/8. It's a little
harsh so I looking to figure out a sock for it. Fits nice with
an SB800 but a little loose with an SB600.


BD's are best kept to 2 or 3 x their diameter from the subject so 14" BD shouldn't be any further away than 42", better at 28" for the full soft effect. 10 feet is way too far and will yield harsh lighting due to its small size, dial the power back to get the f-stop you need.
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Posted 19 September 2012 - 11:57

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll try that.
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