There are many ways to light a portrait, and a beauty dish is a favorite among photographers. It offers a dramatic lighting option, making your portraits look compelling with a semi-hard light that wraps around your subject. A beauty dish can highlight angles, provide contrast,  shadows and beautiful catchlights in the eyes. But to get the full benefits of a beauty dish, you must figure out the “sweet spot” on where to place the beauty dish to get the maximum benefits.

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In the video below, Lindsay Adler, an internationally known portrait and fashion photographer based in New York, gives us some helpful tips and tricks on properly positioning a beauty dish to get the best effect in a clip from her recent CreativeLive appearanceSkin 101: Lighting, Retouching and Understanding Skin. (The class is live until 4pm today – May 31st – so you still have time to catch some of it!)

[REWIND: CONQUERING CRAPPY LIGHT WITH LINDSAY ADLER AND ERIK VALIND]

Lindsey is a frequent instructor on CreativeLive. You can see her catalog of courses here. I would recommend any of her courses, especially her lighting ones. Her fashion work is stellar and you can see more of her work on her website.

[via CreativeLive YouTube]