Interested in learning some new lighting setups when using a beauty dish? I've created a video sharing five different ways that I utilize a beauty dish for my studio portrait work as well as discussing some of the benefits of each setup.
While I am demonstrating these techniques using the Profoto OCF beauty dish, keep in mind that you can do the same setups you see in the video using any beauty dish. You'll likely see that there are two common varieties: one with a silver interior and one with a white interior. Generally speaking, the white interior dishes usually cast a somewhat softer light on your subject which keeps your specular highlights down a bit. Silver adds a lot more secularity which comes in handy when you're photographing someone with good skin and want to bring more attention to the texture and detail.
While the first and second setups in the video are my two most common ways of using a beauty dish, I've experimented with using it as a fill light a lot more lately with some interesting results. I mentioned it in the video but here's an example below of an image where I used a beauty dish as a fill light directly pointed at the model in front of them. You can watch the behind-the-scenes setup in this video.
I hope that you found these setups useful. My goal is to produce more videos showing how I use various light shapers as I did in this video and will hopefully improve them based on the feedback I get on this video. If you have some specific light shapers you'd like to see talked about, let me know in the comments section.