I want to take photographs of small things so a 'tabletop studio' seems the way to go. The only thing I have managed to work out is to get a little light tent to soften shadows. But now my ignorance overwhelms me. Presently I am using two garden spotlights got cheap from the local B&Q (£8 each). First ignorance: with Lightroom I set 'tungsten' white balance and 'pop' it looks fine. So who needs 5000K lights?. Second ignorance: Light A is 5000K and light B is 5500K. Which is daylight - does it matter?
For £75.00 I can get a great continuous light which has a sort of boom to allow me to position it all over the place. This looks nice.
But maybe I should buy a flash.
If I buy a flash I'd get a Speedlite 430EX because it is half the price of the 580EX and if I really wanted to I could buy a 580 later and downgrade the 430 to a 'slave'.
I would like to put the flash on a stand that has a boom so I move it around (eg put it behind the subject) as for the continuous light. So I need a stand with a boom. Do these things have a special name?
I need a twiddly bit that goes on the top of my EOS 400D to make the flash flash when its off camera. I'm scared of getting the wrong bit here. What do I look for?
These questions may well be the wrong ones -- any help greatly appreciated.
PS This is certainly the best photo forum