I am a freelance photojournalist and I am used to doing split second shots with all natural lighting to get the result I want. I don't even own a flash for my Nikon D80. Now I am faced with a new challenge much out of my comfort zone. I have been asked by a state representative to take some campaign shots for him. I think he will want a few shots also for other reasons like a shot with him and his mustang and he family etc. I haven't got the chance to really go through all the details yet, but I am going to take him up on the offer. I am willing to spend a little money to get the neccessary equipment I need to get going and I will need your help on this. I am pretty comfortable with outside lighting and I know I could do some good shots for him with all natural lighting with his family and such. Here is a VERY quick shot I did of my cousins a while back. I realize my far cousin is a little out of focus. I just want to give you guys an idea of what I CAN do with outside lighting. Could I get by on shots like that? Refined a bit of course. I would like to do a nice shot of he and his wife. A really professional shot. Black backdrop, she in a chair, he standing next to her, studio lighting (or at least nice lighting). I am completely overwhelmed when it comes to studio lighting equipment. I would like a softbox. I took a class not too long ago and the instructor had one softbox and it was perfect and it was all she needed. It was on a stand and it had a light in it and put off a beautiful cast. I want something REALLY affordable. With a stand. With the light thing in it. Does the light come with it or do you have to buy it separately? And I'm thinking about getting the Nikon SB 600 flash. HEEELLLLPPP MEEEEEE! Thank you!