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.


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!)


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]