The perfect accessory for the portrait photographer, the RPS beauty dish uniquely diffuses light to provide high output with moderate feathering. Unlike a softbox or a reflector which has an "illuminating" surface, the beauty dish has a circle of light with an opaque center and an internal light shield that allows bounce-only lighting. How does the beauty dish compare to a softbox? As the beauty dish is smaller, it will result in less-soft shadows. It will also provide moderate round catch lights in the eyes, where a softbox will yield larger rectangular catch lights. The Fotodiox beauty dish uses a parabolic reflector in 80 degree angle to focus light towards a wrapped area.
The RPS Pro Beauty Dishes also come with a diffusion 'sock' for further controlling the sharpness of shadows. You can use soft diffuser cover and honeycomb grid to further change the light pattern, creating a wrapped, contrasted look, which adds a very dramatic effect. The RPS 50° Honeycomb Grid contains the light to a more tubular pattern, for more of a spot light effect without light spill.
Compatible Lights (including but not limited to): Bowens Gemini, Calumet Travelite, Interfit (Stellar, X, XD, Stellar Extreme, Venus), JTL (Versalight-D & E), Neewer (DS & GS), Savage (FT-150), Westcott (Skylux, Strobelite Plus), Impact brand (VC, VS & VSD), Photoflex, and Rime Lite