As part of my Christmas gift this year, my wonderful boyfriend Cody, got me a gift card to one of my favourite camera stores. I got over there as fast as I could and ordered myself a shiny new Westcott Apollo 24″ softbox. I was itching to try it out, but had a few projects to finish up first. Taking it out of the box was my reward for finishing my work. I like treats like that. Unfortunately, I hadn’t booked anyone for pictures this week. No matter. I have a tripod and a timer on my camera. How hard could it really be to be my own model? It turned out to be harder than I thought.
For starters, I couldn’t get the focusing right. I was in our apartment, so space was limited. Regular height ceilings meant I couldn’t raise the softbox as high as I would have liked, and I found they put walls in the most inconvenient places. I was hopping back and forth over the couch trying to make it to my spot in time. To help me focus, I propped the mop up about where I was going to stand and focused on that. It didn’t always work out and I was soon tired of shot after shot being out of focus. I did manage to get a few decent ones though. I have to say I love love LOVE the light from this modifier! It is definitely my new favourite. I can’t wait to get the 50″ version.
We recently added a new puppy to our family. His name is Tucker, and here is his blog debut. He wasn’t interested in sitting very still, so you only get to see 2 images of him this time. I’m sure he’ll show up again though. Isn’t he just adorable?