Still squeezing every ounce of mileage from my speedlites and was looking to purchase a beauty dish.  For those of you who don’t know a beauty dish is used a ton in high fashion photography and has also been picked up by strobists everywhere.  It gives a softer than barebulb light but harder than soft box light.  They are generally about 22″ or so and therefore are a small source of light depending on how close you are to your subject.  They are really made for models with perfect skin and even then it seems quite a bit of touch up work as to be done to the skin afterwards because it is quite a bit harder light transitioning into the shadows.

Low and behold my partner Rene, the love of my life has just brought home the dish I’ve been drooling over just about since I started this whole strobist thing.  Oh wait, she didn’t get a beauty dish at all.  It seems she spoke to some of the photographers at the store and decided to make an executive decision.  She doesn’t know all that much about the differences in light modifiers and the different quality of light they produce, therefore, she was much more open to suggestions than I would have been had I strolled down to Glazers myself.  Instead she came back with a 18″ Extra small Octodome specifically made for speedlites!!  It took me some time to wrap my brain around this slight change in plan.

Amazing Octodome mini Octobox2

You see, when I think of a soft box or octobox I think BIG!  Which is great but when you go big you need BIG Lights!  I had to rethink what I have come to understand a softbox is for.  This modifier is about the same size as a beauty dish, albeit quit a bit deeper.  It has silver lining to bounce the light, an internal baffle and a white translucent cover for yet another layer of diffusion.  This is basically a super soft version of a beauty dish and when I think about it this way, this thing is AWESOME!!!!!  Let’s face it, I’m not shooting super models with perfect skin.  With this box I can have the nice fast transition from light to shadow because of the apparent size of the octobox but keep the nice soft light for skin.  Nice job, hun!

Mom and Son with Octodome

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Comments
  1. Brandon Hill says:

    That’s great man, I have the larger octabox and have loved it, but I’m interested in an additional smaller one. I have the dish as well, but have found myself using the box way more. But i’m not a fashion shooter so much.

    • Nakean Photography says:

      It’s a great modifier. I shot 6 head shots and 7 baby’s this week using it. Nice , portable and small light source. Only problem is, I gotta get it in real close, I mean clooose! Gonna post some photos I’ve shot using it soon. If you’re in the market for something small and soft I think it’s awesome! Ask yourself why you don’t use the dish before purchasing because I have a feeling it’s quite the same pattern of light but just a bit softer. I’m hoping to squeeze some full body shots in the next couple of the days using this little guy. I let you all know how it all turns out.

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