>Tim, > >I'm going to go against the grain a bit here and recommend you >go with speed lights. I'd start with this: > >2 Used SB800s if you can find them for around $300-325 each >(one to use as a remote, the other to use as an on-camera >master and fill-flash) > >One Light Stand/Umbrella Kit Consisting of: >1 Black Manfrotto Nano Light Stand >1 Manfrotto 026 Swivel >1 Frio Coldshoe >1 Westcott 43" collapsible white umbrella with black >removable cover > >One Manual Boom Kit Consisting of: >1 Adjustable-length extending paint pole >1 Kacey Enterprises Paint Pole Adaptor (google it) > >One Year Practicing all of the Lessons in Lighting 101, 102 >and the various lighting bootcamps over at www.strobist.com. > >If you can make magic happen with the equipment above, then >you'll be able to make magic happen with anything. > >Good Luck, >Ben > >
This is also great advise from Ben. I've only recently moved to studio lights, before that I used speedlights for everything. They have plenty of power for "normal" indoor/studio use and are also fine for about 75% of outdoor lighting, the other 25% can be cheated with high speed sync using CLS. Speedlights are also very lightweight and can be placed just about anywhere, I've velcro'ed them to street light poles and hidden them inside cars.