I am looking for some suggestions on some lighting equipment to aid my ability to get some better lighting outside.
An example of what I think is some really good lighting on the subject would be something like this.
The face and body are lit well and there are no harsh shadows on the models face. It looks like there were 2 flashes one to the left of the camera and maybe one above the camera pointing towards the model. But I'm not 100% sure.
One of the issues I run into when I am taking pictures outside is a lot of harsh shadows on or around the face. http://i.imgur.com/a6sxP.jpg. I got maybe 1 or 2 shots of her face fully lit. I got a reflector which seemed to help out a great deal but it made the girl squint her eyes a lot. I also started shooting with my flash for fill flash and that helped but the lighting is very "edgy" even with the flap down. It isn't smooth like the one I linked above.
I think a softbox would help or some type of beauty dish maybe? What would help me out in these situations? I don't want to get a 50"+ softbox as its not economical for me as I don't really take portraits that often and only do it for friends and family. But something to help provide better pictures in these situations would be nice.
I have a 580exii, 7d, various lenses (17-55, 100mm macro, 70-200), reflector.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.