Introduction to Flash for Beauty Images

Lesson 8/13 - Shoot: Beauty Dish Lighting


Introduction to Flash for Beauty Images


Lesson Info

Shoot: Beauty Dish Lighting

Okay, let's shoot another scenario, another look for this, and we'll go to our look number two, which is, look two is a beauty dish and a reflector okay? So we'll switch these out. And now I'll go to this beauty dish type of of a scenario, along with the reflector. Now a beauty dish typically is a smaller light overall. So it's more specular. That's a term meaning more contrasty, more direct. So a Softbox is nice and big, and spreads light all around. But a beauty dish is a little tighter, so we have to be very careful about placing the beauty dish. Alright, I'm gonna move this over here, get this out of the way. Turn that flash off. And on this case, we're gonna use that Boom Arm. It's called a C-Stand. C, I think stands for century. And, in a small studio, this is a big studio, but in your small studio space, you're always moving stuff around. It's frustrating sometimes, but the life of the photographer. Okay. So we'll bring this up. And we'll kinda shoot the same look overall, but n...

ow it's really, I have to be very careful about it's placement, so that I still get a catch light in the eye. And at the same time I'm casting some light on the background. So I'm just gonna build this kind of element by element. And since it is, since it is on a C-Stand, and I'm on a Boom Arm. I just wanna show you, it's not really stable here. So we're gonna use a sandbag to keep it from falling over. I've got a bunch of sandbags here. Perfect (mumbles). It's almost like we planned that out. Alright, so I put that on the opposite leg there. Okay. And again, this is the Phottix. I've got another one of these lights set up, and I think it's still on channel one, group A. And to check, I'll just hit my little flash button there. Yep, it works. And we'll start at quarter power, just like we did before. Okay. Alright you ready? Mmm hmm. Cool beans. One, two, three. Nice. Okay, let's look at shot number one there. Oh yeah. So everything changes. Every time you uh, every time you create a new photo, or every time you move your light around, you have to change your power. And this is one of the reasons why sometimes we use a light meter, is because very quickly what it just told me, oh, you have to change to F8, or you have to change your power down. So that was quarter power. So now we're gonna go, I'm gonna guess, a stop. So we'll go down to eighth. And shoot again. Cool. That should be mo better, oh yeah. That's, that looks pretty good. A little bit bright, every so slightly bright. So, maybe an eighth. And then most of your flashes these days, they have thirds of a stop adjustments. So go eight minus a third, or eight minus two-thirds. One-eighth minus a third, one-eighth minus two-thirds. So I think I'll choose one-eighth minus two-thirds. And that also comes out as one-eighth minus point seven. And I realize it's a little bit low, so I'm gonna go up a tiny bit. Because I was getting a little too much of a, you don't have a double chin, but that's, you know, a little bit too low. Too much chin. Great. One, two, three. Yeah. And while that's loading, I'm gonna go grab my reflector here. Bring that in. Just like that. Nice and close. Almost touching her actually. Yeah. Cool beans. One, two, three. Super. So I'm looking for that catch light in the eye, which I've got. And now we're working towards filling in the shadows. Nice. That shadow, filling in the shadows underneath the chin worked really, really well.

Class Description

When your client requests a beautiful image to mimic a fashion look, you’ll need the lighting skills to take on the challenge. Join photographer Mike Hagen as he helps you grow your flash lighting toolkit to create that glamorous look. Mike will teach:

  • How to incorporate flash in order to create the mood
  • Using light shapers
  • Various modifiers like softboxes, reflectors and umbrellas

Learning to use flash allows you to control your environment and be more experimental with the images you create. Expand your portrait business and make your client happy by mastering your flash.



Practical, informative, affordable instruction that’s easy to understand and leaves you excited to jump into the studio with a single flash and whatever you have on hand .. soft boxes, umbrellas, v flats or even a bunch of cheap reflectors. Mike is a superb instructor. Highly recommend.


Really good. Superb teacher. Bought it. Worth the money.