Beginner "studio" options

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Beginner "studio" options
9 months ago

Hope you might be able to help me on this. I own a Canon T3i and a 430ex ii and have used the flash mostly as a bounce flash which works very well in my home using ttl. I have combined the bounce flash with a cheap slave flash (and I mean really cheap http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=654636&Q=&is=REG&A=details) to blow out the background wall. See pictures below. I want to move to a more advanced setup, but I will use it primarily for taking pictures of my family. I bought another 430ex ii primarily because I saw it on sale for an amazing price ($150). I am not sure if I am going to keep it, and that is what I am trying to figure out. The t3i allows me to control the flashes remotely and I suppose I would be able to come closer to a better "studio" setup when combined with umbrellas or soft-boxes. My question is how that would compare to the cheap cfl lighting sets on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/CowboyStudio-Photography-Portrait-Continuous-Umbrellas/dp/B003WLY24O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381437213&sr=8-1&keywords=studio+lighting. Also, would I be able to use them together (flash and cfl). While you are at it you can tell me what is wrong with the bounce flash pictures below.

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