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aleccia_9102-gm copyI used Tyler Burk’s method to build my Beauty Dish last year. It was simple to build and took about 45 minutes as described on his site. My local auto supply didn’t carry the 3,1/2″ convex mirror I needed for the front of the CD spindle, I finally found a 5″ mirror at Micheal’s Art Supply. I used black electrical tape to attach the mirror which worked very well. Later I found the perfect mirrors at Wally World, but I have never gotten around to swapping it out.

This shot of Aleccia to the right is one of the better examples I have using the DIY Beauty Dish. Notice the light on her right, it seems a little hot for me. The light is very hard to control and it’s not consistent. It dose work good as a large reflector, but it’s just not effective as a “Beauty Dish” IMHO..


Over the past year I have really put this design through it’s paces and I must admit I am not very pleased with the results. It functions more like a large reflector then it does a Beauty Dish. This is the primary reason for justifying the $60 portable Beauty Dish from e-Photo (pictured above) This dish works great as a 14″ reflector and the light loss is minimal. It’s very light weight, but bulky and difficult to pack in with your other equipment.

The DIY dish is not something I would recommend for someone who needs the lighting qualities of a real Beauty Dish.DSC_0162 DSC_0163



The DIY Beauty Dish

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Aleccia: has the unique European/Russian facial features and bone structure I was referring to in my Beauty Shots article. She’s Drop-Dead Gorgeous, walking in off the street without makeup. She’s also a very talented makeup artist in her own right. Aleccia excels with body language and facial expressions, she has this “come hither look” that drives me insane while looking through the viewfinder. Aleccia is an outstanding poser and is particular about her images, but in a good way. If you you work it and manage to catch her eyes in just the right light her beautiful aqua blue base and stunning texture will pop right off the page. Aleccia has a great personality, she very creative and so much to collaborate and shoot with. Aleccia is signed to a non-exclusive contract with a San Francisco Modeling Agency, her areas of interest and expertise are: Art, Beauty, Commercial, Editorial, Fashion, High Fashion and Glamour. Aleccia has published 9, articles with GlamModelz Magazine.

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