So, I did it. Lynn and I headed into New York City this afternoon, because she needed oil retouching paints for her black-and-white film class. I went because I’d been drooling over some of the equipment that’s available at the B&H store for a long time.
Wow. That’s all I can say, is wow. We found the store okay, even parked on the street for free, which is just plain lucky. We walked down three blocks, and Wow.
Did I say Wow?
It’s like a candy store, for people into photography, videography, home theater, lighting, sound-
Picture your hardware store, but two stories tall. The customers wander around picking out what they want, and the clerks then ring it up as an invoice. Then, your items (if small enough) are placed into a carrier tote, which speeds your purchases to the merchandise pick-up-area.
You are free to continue shopping at that point, and any further items will just be added to your invoice and sent over to join your first batch. If you’re done, you get to go to the check-out person, who will ring you up from the invoice, and after you’ve paid, you make your way to the merchandise pick-up to be reunited with your selections. (Or, in our case, the oversize pickup, heheh).
Once you’ve got your greedy little hands on your new toys, you get to leave and go play. With, of course, a stop for Thai food, since you’re right there, and there are not just ONE but TWO Thai restaurants between you and the car.
Finally home, you get to open your boxes- and pull out your Impact lights. All three of them, with stands, reflectors, umbrellas, and carrying case. Having been looking at reviews of the items, I knew that there were no instructions included, and that several people had found it difficult to get it all together. I dove in bravely, however, figuring that “forewarned is… well, in this case, forewarned is forewarned, and not much else”.
However, with some trial and error, and who knows if it’s 100% correct, I did indeed get everything up and lit. Since that’s the goal, I figure I’m well on my way.
So, now the trick is to figure out how to get it all back in the carrying case, which is trickier than it seems, but I’m sure I’ll get it sooner or later. Meanwhile, there’s nothing wrong with a photo-studio in the living room or bedroom, is there?