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Strobe / Flash / CFL continuous lighting dilemma

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Strobe / Flash / CFL continuous lighting dilemma
Jun 17, 2014

I'm dazzled by the sheer array of lighting options . My end goal is to take some beautiful indoor portrait shots . I have a D7100 and an SB-600 with a diffuser cap aiming & bouncing it off the ceiling & twin 500watt ultra white tungsten halogen lamps aimed at the ceiling plus the 2 small halogens in my ceiling turned on.

The results are okay but i'm wondering how much better will my photos be if i buy a BRX500 ? for $500-600 , or a $100 Compact Fluorescent Light  kit from china ebay that has 3 by 125watt(625 watt per globe equivalent) cfl globes ,3 softboxes & 3 stands ? .. and then i see a S45T strobe flash on ebay for $30 to become even more confused as to which lighting option is best  . I heard people say online that cheap strobes that plug into your camera can cause damage . Im almost scared to mention Ken Rockwels name in here lol  but he did say something like ...err , that an SB400 is all anyone will need 99% of the time but if he wants pro results he uses strobes .

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