So I have gotten pretty darn good with a single 500 EXII, moved from Canon bodies to my A7R (for landscapes and lit portraits)......but I am ready to move to the next step in lighting.
What the heck IS it??? I am going through all the threads but I can't figure out what I need to buy to have a proper lighting kit. I can use my 580 for outdoor work but I would like something I can set up indoors (maybe outside on a calm day) and shoot portraits.
I am not worried about costs, so I don't exactly need recommendations based on "this is cheaper" unless the next step up in price has no value. However, I don't want to go lay out 8K for a Broncolor kit right off the bat. But I do want it to be expandable so I can layer and add as my ideas become more complicated (simple right now).
I don't know if I should start with umbrellas or softboxes. Use my speedlight or get strobes. If I get strobes, are ABs going to be what I need, or do I need to look to Profoto or Elinchrom?
I guess I just need some help. Thanks so much!