For sometime now, I've been using a wonderful light modifier I picked up at Cowboy Studio. I bought a 22" beauty dish which came with a diffusion sock and grid about a year ago. The beauty dish has a wonderful look to it, sort of hard and soft at the same time.
The photograph above is of my friend Chris, he needed some corporate head shots and I wanted to do something for myself. I used the beauty dish with the honeycomb grid, this is the only light used for this portrait. The light on the background is the fall off of the main light. I had Chris stand about two feet in front of a piece of fabric I bought at a local fabric store.
These Beauty Dishes are designed for Speedlight shooters. I really only use it around town as traveling with it can be a problem because of it's size. These are really inexpensive, under a $100 dollars! DT