Thanks for all the help so far. In my quest to have a home studio I'm ready to buy more equipment. Having learned the differences between umbrellas and soft boxes it sounds like it's a good idea to have both. Not knowing what I'm looking at, I'm on ebay and I see what looks like some pretty good deals. For example: Flash Light Kit Photo Studio Photography Lighting 3X 33" Umbrella Softbox Strobe | eBay That seems cheap. So is it too good to be true, or is the quality so ****ty that I shouldn't even consider it? And then I want to ask, is quality really a factor when we're talking about an umbrella? :er: Give me a yes or no, should I buy this kit? If not, and someone can point me to a similar setup I'll gladly take your advice and buy it. I need a light stand and bracket that will work with a Canon Speedlite, and an umbrella and softbox for starters. Thanks!