Published on March 19th, 2012 | by Jules IKEAHacker5
Deep Beauty Dish for flash photography
Materials: Foto (discontinued lamp shade), – vice grip/ clamps – hammer – drill & drill bit set – hack saw – metal cutting snip (offset cutter) – Grinder power tool (to cut metal ). wrench, ratchet set, hammer, vice grip, drill, hacksaw, metal cutting snip. grinder, nuts bolts, wingnuts, screws, aluminum strip, reflector
Description: Bought the ‘Foto’ aluminum lamp shade from Ikea two years ago from the ‘As-is’ section. Must’ve been discontinued, but I picked it up for $5!
The rest of the parts such as, an aluminum strip, threaded rods, 1/4″ screws, wing nuts and bolts are from Rona & Home Depot. Bought a 5″ metal plate from a dollar store and it used as the reflector in the center. The plastic tubing you see is just leftover tubes used to hook up residential sinks and bathtub faucets.
- vice grip/ clamps
- drill & drill bit set
- hack saw
- metal cutting snip (offset cutter)
- Grinder power tool (to cut metal )
- wrenches or ratchet set
I designed it to accommodate the much larger Nikon SB-900, But I used a Nikon SB-800 speedlight encased with a Velcro strip for this setup.
This is a deep Beauty Dish, so all I can say is light fall-off is very dramatic and contrast it creates is high. I often have to use white reflectors to pick-out the shadows on my subjects. If only I had any opportunity to use commercially-bought beauty dishes, I would have comparisons. But nope, this is a poor man’s hack.
See more of the Beauty Dish.
~ Chun Wu