The light came today as expected! The hardest part of today was being at work for eight hours knowing that there was this awesome new "toy" waiting for me at home. I wasn't just excited about it because it was a softbox set up, I was excited because for me, owning, heck even using a softbox was a new experience for me, especially one that uses continuous lighting. Going forward, I'll more likely be purchasing monolight strobe kits, but I'm actually quite impreesed by the capability that the continuous light provides.
I remember growing up, watching my mother with her halogen bulbs and umbrellas and the painstaking care that she needed to use to make sure nothing happened to them. I also remember the HEAT that eminated off of them! Her bulbs would be so hot after a few minutes that you couldn't touch them with your hand for fear of burning yourself. Fast forward seven years or so, and I was able totake out all 7 bulbs after having them on for about half an hour and they were COOL to the touch!
So after struggling to set it up, stopping to watch a Youtube video from the company that I bought it from, I finally got everyything up and running. I switched the two power switches that were on the back of the light fixture and OMG, immediately the ceiling lights in the room became useless... So I turned them off, got my camera, and just clicked at random objects in the room, observing the light and the shadow, and marveling at the color accuracy I now had before me. I even was able to get a beautiful sick model to help out so I could really play around with the different lighting situations.
I'm looking forward to this, it's going to be a lot of fun. The kit itself is somewhat portable, which means I won't have to be tied to any one loacation. This is what excites me most, not just where my new equipment can take me, but where I can take my new equipment!
She was half sleep and sick, but she still managed to put up with me long enough to get this picture.