The Versatile Beauty Dish – My Favourite Lighting Patterns


Most folks will be fairly familiar with the Beauty Dish and its usefulness in both fashion and general portraiture. In this tutorial I would like to share with you just how versatile I think the humble Beauty Dish can be and show you just how many lighting patterns you can create with my personal favourite light modifier.

First of all, I should describe exactly what a Beauty Dish is for those perhaps unfamiliar with the modifier. Beauty dishes are essentially large metal bowls, which typically are available in a variety of sizes such as 16″, 22″ or 27″ in diameter. They can be used with both studio strobe and speedlights with the correct speedring fittings.

Inside the dish is an internal reflector. This is a disc of metal, spaced a few inches in from the strobe. This deflects the light from the strobe and pushes the light towards the outside of the dish, ensuring that the only light hitting the subject has been reflected. This creates a very smooth, even and flattering light though this can also depend on the interior of the reflector. Beauty Dishes typically have silver or white interiors. Silver interiors are very specular and produce harder more contrasty light, whereas white interiors are softer and more even as the light inside gets more scattered before leaving the dish, reducing the specular reflections.

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Nikon’s 24-70mm Gets VR, Their 24mm Gets f/1.8 And A 200-500mm Is Coming


Nikon are sliding into the summer with a strong start, announcing three new lenses which will make any Nikonian happy (and any Nikonian significant other angry). Nikon’s lens collection is expanding with a full frame 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens, a 24mm f/1.8G ED Lens and an AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens, all should hit the stores by September but can already be pre-ordered.

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Photographer Severely Hit In Car Accident, D800E Survives


Photographer Scott Murray shares a difficult accident story over at Nikonites where he was involved in a severe car accident after avoiding a buffalo on the road. His car rolled over six times. His Nikon D800E took quite a bash hitting his head a few times as well as rolling with the car.

Hey everyone I am alive. Here’s what happened, I was driving back after getting my car serviced, I stopped as some friends places and decided to hang back for some Milky Way shots as there is no moon. At around 0130 I was driving to another spot I was doing 110km/hr and a large buffalo walked on to the road, I served to miss him and I think I clipped him but over corrected and ended up rolling approximately 6 times, I remember the first two rolls and that’s it I was out. I woke up to find myself hanging from my seat belt I manage to get myself out of the car, I blank out again, when I wake I test to see if I was working spinal wise. All good for now, then I manage to find a sheet from a recent camping trip within arms length and a camp mattress I get myself covered and warm. Then I wait for around 4 hrs until someone does past and stops. I am still in hospital. And on lots of med. Will update when I can, thanks for the support. I am keeping this off fb as I don’t want my mum to worry.

…Still in alot of pain and typing on my phone. Thanks again for all the messages. I will be back with you guys soon. Not sure on my D800E as that got flung or if the car

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Is Nikon Hiding D800 Recall As ‘Free Maintenance’ Initiative?


In today’s world, everyone likes to dress up words and make them sound more appealing to themselves and the masses.  Political correctness is rampant, and we have to be so careful anymore about what we say so as to not offend the sensibilities of others or cast something in a negative light.

Yesterday, various Nikon D800 owners received emails informing them of a free “Nikon Maintenance Service Initiative.”  It’s not clear yet whether Nikon is simply being generous, testing equipment for potential persistent issues, or if this is another name for a recall.

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Nikon’s New 500mm and 600mm Lenses Weigh Significantly less, Cost More and Focus Closer

new500_600_NikonMore specs and photos have leaked and the official release seems imminent. Adding on to the previously reported specs, we now know the weight, price and minimum focusing distance for Nikon’s beasty lenses.

The good news is that both lens enjoy a 20-25% decrease in weight and can now focus 10% closer.

The bad news is that you will pay an extra 15-20% for the pleasure of owning one of these lenses.

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More Specs on Nikon’s 500mm and 600mm VR Upgrades and a Pimped DX Standard Zoom Lens

Nikon_UpgradesFollowing up on our previous post with initial information about the expected upgrade of Nikon’s 500mm and 600mm f/4 VR lenses, another source reveals more information on these rumored lenses.

Making sure there’s something for those on tighter budgets as well, there are also specs for a 16-80mm f/2.8-4 DX lens. It is said to be replacing the 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6, but with all its fancy new features I doubt the price will be anywhere near its predecessor.

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See the Nikon COOLPIX P900’s 86x Zoom Lens Take On the Moon


When the Nikon COOLPIX P900 was released earlier this year, it brought with is a number of convenient and exciting features, including built-in WiFi, GPS…and a lens the equivalent of 24-2000mm.  No, that is not a typo.  The 83x optical zoom lens can really reach out and touch.

YouTube user Naturbeobachtungen von Lothar Lenz decided to put the lens to the test and shoot for the moon. Literally.  (Kinda.)

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I switched from Canon to Nikon To Medium format to Canon Again


I love Canon cameras, I really do and it was with great regret that I moved away from Canon last year after being an EOS system user my entire life. I started when I was 5 years old on my fathers EOS 300 film cameras and have then enjoyed every camera up to and including the 5D MK3, but there was a problem.

I’m sure it wasn’t just me, I’m sure a lot of other pros felt like Canon wasn’t listening. The fact that it felt like I had been abandoned by the system I’d bought ito throughout my career hadn’t come at a great time – I was at a crossroads in my career and wanted to make the jump into medium format, I couldn’t then still have my Canon cameras as they weren’t a viable backup with the vast difference in resolution – to me the only option looked to me to jump over to Nikon and use their D800 bodies as backups for my Mamiya Leaf & Credo system that I had bought into. I wasn’t the only people thinking about the switch, it was a conversation that was becoming more and more common when I caught up with other photographers, there seemed to be a general feeling of frustration at Canon.

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Nikon Rumored to Announce New 500mm and 600mm f/4 VR Lenses with a Fluorite Element

Nikon 500mm. The fluorite element will make it smaller.

Nikon 500mm. The fluorite element will make it smaller.

Nikon’s 500mm and 600mm f/4G ED VR lenses are rumored to be updated in the near future, with a fluorite element being added to each.

The aging lenses were announced in 2007 and will be smaller and lighter, though more expensive, thanks to the new technology.

The flagship D5 should also be announced before the Rio Olympics in 2016.

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