I have a real yearning to start portrait photography!
I dont believe I need any more lenses yet, but I do need a better flash and some accessories.
I have a budget to upgrade from my 550D to a 5D and whatever lens I will end up getting but for now I want to make use of the camera and lenses I have, after all if I cant take a good portrait with this cam the 5D isnt going to magically put it all right. So instead of going crazy buying all kinds of gear I want to start on a relatively reasonable budget and take my time. I only shoot RAW have never shot jpeg.
I am thinking the 430ex 2 (can upgrade to 530ex and use the 430 as a slave in the future) a hot shoe lead for some basic off camera flexibility, a softbox attachment for the flash and a 5 in 1 reflector.
I have a good knowledge of exposure, both ambient and flash, learned a hell of a lot about composition such as cutting off only above the knee if cropping, not cropping off elbows, only cropping off the top of the hair with a close up face portrait, not cutting out the left or right shoulder and arm and positioning correctly, posture etc.
So even though funds are at hand, I think the camera and lenses, a 430ex2, softbox attachment and a reflector would be a solid start for portraits until I grow out of that basic setup.
The question is...is there something obvious I have overlooked? A basic piece of equipment/attachment that really would make a difference? Looking to start outdoors, plenty of white walls etc for me to use here abouts so its all about the basic gear.
Software is not an issue as I have Lightroom3 and Photoshop CS5.
Many thanks in advance