Hi all, first of all please ignore my ignorance
I have the equipment that are listed in my signature(way more than I need). I want to experiment with some studio type lighting and was wondering what all I will be needing.
I currently have 2 flashes (580 EX II and 430 EX II). I may buy one more of these in the near future. Portability is a major concern to me so strobes are out of the equation and I understand the limitations of using speedlites outside in strong direct sunlight. But shooting indoors and outdoors without harsh direct sunlight, what all do I need for portraits? I will probably need stands, umbrellas/softboxes. Money is a little bit of an issue at this point. I cannot spend more than $100-$150 on this equipment(2 sets) at this point.
How about 2 of the following:
I know they are not Manfrotto and something similar but I guess they get the job done. May upgrade in the future if need arises. And I have a 7D. Do I need to buy triggers and pocket wizards to fire them? I know people use them on 5D II for obvious reasons and outside with 7D because the inbuilt trigger's reach. But do you think I need them for my needs?
And one more question. I can probably find answer to this if I spend some time but since I started I may as well ask. If I direct the umbrellas on each sides towards the subject(and one probably one the background for white backgrounds) Do I need another flash on the camera? Or will the inbuilt flash suffice? I know these are really basic questions but I started working on it and will not be shooting any pro for at least a year. This is all just for my understanding and experience. I have a few people who are interested to act as my subject. They may just use this for their FB. So I can experiment. Sorry..:o:o
Thanks in advance