DIY Beauty Dish for Alien Bee
Recently I got the urge to make myself a beauty dish that would fit on my Alien Bee strobes. I'm all about fashioning something for myself if it's within reason. The Beauty Dish on PCB (paulcbuff.com) currently lists for $79.95 (w/o shipping). It's not too terribly expensive.
I set out to research what I could use to make this happen. Within seconds I had thousands of images, videos and results courtesy of Google, fyi - I looked up "DIY Beauty Dish". If you're like me, I can weed thru the BS pretty quick and get to the real dissection of what's needed. I found a video of a couple guys making a dish out of a huge mixing bowl, this was my launch pad. I saw what they were doing but it didn't really apply to what I wanted. They were making one specifically for a Nikon (what's that??) speedlight.
I started coming up with a list of what I needed: 16qt mixing bowl, light blocker, washer/nuts, long 5/16" rod.
1 & 2 - A 16qt metal mixing bowl and light blocker- I honestly wasn't quite sure where to look other than Walmart and the specialty stores (Spoons/Spice). Walmart didn't come close to the size I needed. In Spoons & Spice the largest bowl was a 10qt, BUT, the ladies there are awesome :) She suggested I go down to the Restaurant Supply Store...brilliant! At Standard Restaurant Supply (3500 South West Temple) I bought the a 16qt mixing bowl and an 8" pizza pan (light blocker). They were both on the same aisle, how convenient. Total spent (w/o taxes) $12.45 - not bad.
3 - Washers, Nuts, and a Rod - At Home Depot I bought a handfull of 5/16" washers, nuts, and a 12" long 5/16" rod. This will hold the light blocker, go through the dish and into the strobe.
Back home I measured the diameter of the standard reflector that comes with the strobe. This was 3 1/2". That measurement I took to the back of the bowl, traced and cut with a Dremel. I think I went through 3 cutting wheels. After a
Here's my DIY Beauty Dish and a few example images:
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