I would like to have a beginner's "home studio" in an extra live-in bedroom (or whatever these rooms on first floor are called nowadays). It is not something for pro use - I just want to take studio type portraits of children and family. Room is about 12ftx20ft - I think ceiling is about 9ft (normal ceiling). I've been price comparing stands, backdrops, strobes - all that stuff I read about on strobist.com. It gave me a huge headache - I understand what I need (I think), but have no idea about quality based on price. First thing I'm looking at is backdrop + stand. This seems the least expensive and I can start practicing with my 580EXII off-camera. Will there be a noticeable difference in quality between a "kit" I get from B&H (do they still sponsor? no longer see their clicky up top) with one from EBay such as below? PREMIUM BACKDROP BACKGROUND SUPPORT 10 x 20 MUSLIN x 2 - eBay (item 360097106038 end time Feb-08-09 20:50:57 PST) I've been trying to understand strobes. I think Alien Bees are probably as expensive as I'm willing to go. I'm reading that most strobes are turned down so not sure if I need something as powerful as the B400/B800. Other option are more affordable Flashpoints from Adorama (do they still sponsor? no longer see their clicky up top). And of course there is EBay units such as below - looks like it has everything, but not sure about quality (am not looking for pro level). 3 studio flash/strobe, softbox,3 backdrops, more - eBay (item 140296094863 end time Jan-29-09 19:02:44 PST) Am trying to get something similar/close to setup you see in malls (two light box in front, two in back, on-camera flash) - am thinking I can start off with two strobes/box + off-camera 580EXII. The $200-$300 spent for portraits, I can save for better lens. Anyone have experience with the EBay packages above? Or any advice/suggestion on what I need to look for from Adorama/B&H/Amazon? Thanks.