Let me start by saying that I've read the FAQ's at the top of the page and still have some questions.
1. How large a room would I need for a home studio that would be used for portraits (individual or small groups/family)? Is an 8' ceiling OK?
2. I am considering starting off with an AlienBees flash unit and Octabox. Would the B800 be a good choice or do I really need the B1600? (IOW, what do I need to consider when making this choice?)
3. How would I use my Canon flash with these lights? From the AlienBees site, it looked like their flash units could be set to fire when another flash fires? Is this recommended?
4. Assuming that more lights will be added later, what do I need to look for in a light meter? Could someone explain how a light meter is used to balance multiple lights? Without a wireless setup, do all lights have to be connected with a sync cord? Would I need a light meter with spot metering capability?
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.