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Yesterday I shot a beauty assignment with one of my favorite models. I often use a profoto beauty dish for beauty assignments like this, but yesterday I decided to use a white umbrella's with my profoto strobes instead. The reason for switching from the beauty dish to the white umbrella was because the assignment called for me to photograph jewelry on the model. While the beauty dish is one of my favorite lights for shooting beauty I didn't want the specular highlights on the jewelry so a softer main light was needed.
Knowing the benefits and drawbacks of every lighting source helps you make the best decisions on selecting the lighting for each job. There is no one light that fits every situation and this is one of the reason why its so important to test your light and discover how each light looks under different conditions. During your light testing phase you will learn about the quality of light and when to use different lighting tools to make better images.
The image of the model washing her face was shot with the profoto white beauty dish which worked well in that situation. The image of the model with the jewelry was created using the white umbrella and was better suited to shoot the assignment because of its soft quality.