Hi, I purchased a Canon T3i about 4 months ago and I'm looking to get a flash and maybe a couple of strobes for a basic home studio. I will be photgraphing mainly my wife and kids and other family members. Mostly portraits and some group shots ( 4 to 5 people). I am on a very limited budget as this is mostly a hobby and will not be generating any serious income. Anyway, I was hoping to get some answers and maybe some advice on the following:
1. I am strongly considering the YN 565EX for the flash mainly because of the features for the price. I realize I will not be getting HSS but I feel I can live without this for now. I will be using it on camera for when I'm shooting indoors and also as an OCF for home studio stuff. My question is when I shoot with a flash I like to shoot in manual so that I can control ambient lighting but just add flash to light up my subjects. Does ETTl work when I shoot with the camera on M mode or is that only for other modes?
2. I am looking at some strobe kits for when I do portraits and am wondering how much power do I really need? I know the more the better, but I can only budget about $200-$250 for the kit right now. Will 100ws, or 160ws be enough for what I need or do I need 200ws or more?
I am looking at one of the Impact strobe kits from B&H, something like this
Or Adorama flashpoint
or 1 Flashpoint II
And lastly this kit from amazon
One last question, why are the cheaper flashpoints rated at more power than the more expensive flashpoint II 320m?
Thanks for your help!