Off-camera Flash Setup

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    Okay, I am about to purchase an off-camera flash setup but I do not know a lot about exactly what I will need.

    Currently, I have a 430EX Speedlite for my Canon, which initially I will use as a slave unit (despite it's lack of power compared to the 580 or studio strobes). I plan to get a 580EXII as my on-camera master. I decided to go with a battery flash setup since I will not have to put as much money in, plus I will need it for on-location shoots.

    So my question is basically this: I realize that I will need to purchase the Speedlite, lightstand and a softbox or umbrella but what else will I need to make this setup work? Do I need a lightstand adapter to connect the softbox (in MOST cases)? I have never used a speedlite as a slave, so are lightstands typically already capable of attaching my flash unit to?

    Any help is greatly appreciated! :D
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    I'm sure you are going to get a lot of advice with those questions. Here's mine.

    Check out strobist.com. Read through the 101 and 102 tutorials. Not only will you have a basic understanding of off-camera lighting, but the equipment required/desired.

    Secondly, there are several companies out there offering "Strobist Kits" which should include everything you'd need to get started. I've heard the MPEX kits are really good.
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    Thank you for the links. The Strobist tutorials (in conjunction with a few other readings) are really clearing up some of the questions/confusion I have had in regard to off-camera lighting.

    The kits in the link are surprisingly affordable! I now know exactly what I need to get the setup I want... I still plan to go with a battery flash setup since it makes more sense to have the portability and therefore flexibility that it affords.

    Thank you once more
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    You need to purchase a lightstand, umbrella swivel adapter, and a cold shoe adapter (since you are firing the flash using the 580). I'm not sure about the softbox adapter, I guess the ones I'm looking at, you dont need them.
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    Great, thank you! By the way, what are you looking into? Is it basically the same but using an umbrella instead of a softbox? If so, I am sure that's easier (and something I should look at if I can live with the difference in directional light) since the swivel head has spot for the umbrella.
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