+1 on a decent tripod. It does not have to be an EXPENSIVE tripod. I got mine used, off Craig's List for a decent price. But you want a STEADY and durable one, that is easy to adjust, and that is tall enough (with the center column down). What are you shooting? 60cm/24inches is on the small side for a softbox, unless you position it pretty close to the single subject. With umbrellas and softboxes, in general, bigger is better, for lighting. BUT, bigger = clumsy, and it can really get in the way, in an average size room. As much as I wanted a 60 inch umbrella, it was too big and clumsy to deal with. So there is a balance to reach between size for light and size for bulky/clumsy.