The Easiest Beauty Dish Ever – Linard Benoit’s trick

I first heard of Linard Benoit when contacted Marton Gorka about his article here, then I started to search who this guy is, well his his website can’t open on my computer, so I continued searching and found his flickr page and galleries. Well, this dud is god damn talented!!! He has lot of ideas (Marton could say it too `-) ) and an extremely easy and productive DIY Project I’m writing about in this post :

The Easiest Beauty Dish Ever!!!

Actually easy isn’t the exact word, cause you can find on the net DIY beauty dishes made of disposable baking dishes but for a durable beauty dish its the best I found, so spare no time and lets dive in!!!

What you need
David prepared a shopping lists, in case you don’t what to get into troubles with the mis’s,
Shopping list:
  1. A plate – 40cm diameter ~4Euros. For this price I’d go and buy it in case you are married or still living with your mom  😉
  2. Lambency diffuser – If you don’t have one yet, you can buy one on eBay for about 10$, depending on your main flash model. PLS keep in mind there are some bargains on eBay that sells about 7$, but are universal fit (goes with all flash models). I’d go for a 12$ unit that will exactly fit my flash.
  3. Some scotch stripes to proper hold the flash.
  4. Black and White masking tapes – for a good looking DIY beauty Dish!!!
How to build your great beauty?
There is not much to sat about it, you could imagine the process:
The tricky part here is to drill and cut the exact hole in the plate!
  1. Mark the borders or your Lambency.
  2. Drill some holes through the lines you’ve just drown and cut it with metal cutting scissors.
  3. White Paint or use white masking tape to get white reflective beauty dish or leave the interior metallic to get a more contrasting lighting.
  4. Put on top of your Lambency, a good, thick white board to get all the flash light back to your plate= new beauty dish.
  5. Put the Lambency in and off you go.
Here are some images of the final beauty dish:
Diy Beauty Dish – Front View
Diy Beauty Dish – Rear View
Diy Beauty Dish – In Action!!!

You made your own Beauty dish?


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10 thoughts on “The Easiest Beauty Dish Ever – Linard Benoit’s trick

    1. Hi Cris
      Tnx for visiting!
      I have to say that I saw in the past photographers putting even more weight on the poor flash
      You can see this post as an example (I wouldn’t do that if I were you `-) ).
      However, I’m doing a cool DIY project that will solve some of those problems, this post will come up soon!!!

  1. Does the IR communication still works or its blocked by the dish?
    I use a Canon ST-E2 transmitter and a Canon 430EX flash. Will I loose my IR communication?

    1. Hi Luis, sorry for the late response.
      I don’t know about the Canon ST-E2, I use the Debao ST-E2 and it works great in house.
      I tryied the ST-E2 only once and that was a couple of years ago.


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