Hello everyone! Firstly, i'd like to thank you first for reading this and offering your help/advice/view.
I've been photographing for almost a year, and I'm pretty comfortable with using my camera in manual and such.
However.. i want to venture into flash photography for even nicer portraits and product shoots! Currently my equipment is..
nikon 18-55 kit lens..
nikon 35mm f/1.8g
nikon 85mm f/1.8d
sigma 70-200 f/2.8 HSM II.
Manfrotto idk-what-model tripod.
1) How does a wireless trigger system really work? Is it worth the price? I think the commander mode on the camera to operate my sb-600 off camera works well..
2) Is it more worth to get two more SB-600 ($500 for two used) and a few softboxes, or "my studio starter kit" ($370) from artworkfoto.com? This link: Studio Flash,Lighting Kit
3) Also, if i get strobes like the starter kit mentioned above, do i have to purchase a wireless trigger system since cls won't work?
4) Regardless of what flash system i use.. would a shoot through umbrella or a reflective umbrella or a regular softbox work better to provide a nice soft light?
My budget is $500, since i'm into this just for a hobby for now and not as a career, and the fact that i'm still an 18 year old student that doesn't have much cash...
And i forgot to mention.. i'm intending to do both indoor and outdoor shoots. SB-600 would be highly portable but i'm okay with bringing the strobes since it's not that big and has an external battery pack.
Thank you everyone for reading this far and i hope you can help! And i apologise for the onslaught of questions :P