August 24th, 2013
Ebay is a dangerous place. A while back I saw a spotlight for my strobe system on there and decided to bid on it. I’d always wondered what I might be able to do with a spotlight, but they were always way too expensive for me to spend the money to find out. Well, I went ahead and placed a low-ball bid on this one and much to my surprise I won the auction. Soon this new piece of lighting gear arrived at the studio. Now I needed to find out just what it was good for.
To my great good fortune, an old friend and model volunteered to stop in, shed her clothes, and let me aim the spotlight at her for some photos. As you can probably see, I decided to try shooting the light through an old cookie that I have at the studio to see what it would do. I did some other things with it too…but these were the photos that looked half way decent to my eye.
My friend looks great, of course. She’s a very impressive woman. On the other hand, I really wasn’t all that impressed with the spotlight. I think I’m actually happier with the light I get just using a grid on a strobe head. The spot is stronger and harder light, but I don’t really think it works that well for the kind of work I do in the studio. So now I’m thinking about selling it. I don’t think I’ll be using it much.
I even tried it as a background light, but, again, I’m not seeing how it is much better than just using a grid. I may do some more playing around with it before I part with it…but I’m really not feeling like it’s a great investment for me.
But it gives us all an excuse to enjoy the sight of a beautiful woman, so that’s something.