The Profoto beauty dish is one of the most amazing light shaping tools you can use for making portraits. I use the beauty dish often for making portraits of woman, but at times I'm called on to photograph men as well. Today I want to share a simple way of changing your light when photographing men. The grid, a honey shaped lighting tool, is an easy way to shape your light for more dramatic images of your subjects. While there is no rule on what light to use for men and what light to use for woman, I tend to like images of men more with the grid added to my beauty dish.
The images shown here are both shot with the beauty dish in the same position. Nothing was changed other than added the grid to the beauty dish. The image on the left is shot with just the beauty dish and a small reflector underneath. The image on the right was made using the beauty dish also but adding the grid for a more powerful effect. Adding the grid drops your exposure down by a stop at this distance so make sure you meter your light whenever you make any changes.
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