Dear lighting gurus - my wife and I are expecting our first child and I'm looking to purchase some off camera lighting for taking family portraits and such over the years to come. I like to keep it simple and flexable as far as the setup goes so I can move it around the house or outdoors easily.
I'm thinking of going the route of a speedlite since I can fire it remotely with my 580 II and my wife can also use it on her 30D when she's out shooting. Other than that, I was going to get a light stand and umbrella. See below for what I was thinking about purchasing. Overall I'd like to keep the budget below $500.
I'd appreciate and comments, suggestions, words of wisdon, etc on my plan. Thanks!!
Manfrotto 1052BAC stand
Manfrotto 026 adaptor
Not sure about the umbrella type or size...suggestions?