I would like to get started doing some portrait work. I have some willing victims, but I would like purchase some lighting before I wear out their patience, and I would like the experience of working with professional lighting. After much reading, it seems that there are a myriad of possible configurations out there.
My initial goal is to do head and shoulder portraits. I've agreed to do some for a company I work with pro bono for the experience. Their last group of portraits was done by an amatuer, so I feel the expectations have been set appropriatly. I have ordered a blue muslin for the job.
Gear wise, I have a 430ex flash. I had contemplated ordering a single light setup from AB (AB800, I believe) as a main and trying to use my flash as fill with an umbrella, but I'm still slogging through any and all potential compatability issues with that setup (sync issues?). Would it be easier/more effective to just purchase two lights and save the 430ex for mobile occasions?
Based on my reading Alien Bee's gear seems to be a decent balance between economy and quality, but I am admittedly a novice and open to all suggestions.
Thanks all for your input, this forum is a wonderful resource.