You might not think there is a huge difference between the way a white and silver beauty dish will render your subject, but they can make quite distinct looks in your portraits, and it is important to know which look you want before you choose one to use. This great video explores the differences between the two.
Coming to you from Lindsay Adler Photography, this helpful video discusses the differences between white and silver beauty dishes. Beauty dishes are a popular choice for many portrait and fashion photographers, and depending on whether you use white or silver and choose to use diffusion or not, you can get a wide variance in the results. A white beauty dish will tend to produce a softer, less contrasty light, while a silver dish will create a light with more contrast that shows more detail and tends to be brighter than a white dish at the same settings. It's important to consider these details when you're deciding whether you want a more dramatic light or one that's a bit more flattering for the subject. Check out the video above for more.
And if you really want to learn more about lighting people, check out "Illuminating The Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits!"