"Another thing that seperates the pros from the rest? You see beautful images - like the ones in this article - and just finally discover that you just need a 10D, 550EX, Softbox and a board. How cool is that?
And I wanted to buy some studio equipment ... perhaps I should go out and see what I can do with my 20D/580EX and a softbox."
I'm not bringing your attention to this because I've gotten a big head over Wolfgang's kind words. (Thanks dude! My ego is always open for business.) Mostly, I'm mentioning it because I have no idea how many of you go back and read the comments and, more importantly, because Wolfgang makes a great point regarding anyone's ability to snap some cool images without the latest and greatest in gear.
Here's the deal: If you think a better camera or better lighting gear is going to automatically make you a better shooter, you've been misled by the marketing and advertising guys who make their livings hyping all that stuff.
I'm not saying high-end gear doesn't produce high-end images. It does. But mostly, it does so in the hands of those who know how to make best use of that gear's capabilities.
If the gear in your bag is a 10D or a 30D or another camera of that ilk, along with a kit lens and a single strobe, you already have most of what you need to capture quality images. Add a cheap softbox, the ability to fire the strobe remotely, and something to bounce light with and you're well on your way to those killer shots of killer babes.
You see, all you really need--way more than an expensive inventory of cameras, glass, lights, etc.--is some basic gear, knowledge, imagination, a few artistic sensibilities, and ingenuity. Oh yeah, a smokin' hot model helps too.
I've pimped the Strobist's site before and I guess I'm about to do it again. There's so much free, easily-digested, useful information there for anyone hoping to capture quality stuff with only a camera, a lens, and a strobe, you'd be passing on a great opportunity if you don't regularly spend some quality time with that dude's updates and buried in his archives.
There's also plenty of other sites that offer great ideas and information to help you develop and hone your skills. One thing I've noticed: I can't ever remember seeing, on any of these sites, advice along the lines of, "Go buy a better, more expensive, camera."
The images posted are of Roxanne. They were captured 3 or 4 years ago with a 10D, a 28-135 zoom, and a gold reflector. Granted, I had a bit of help from a short period of quality, California "golden hour" sunlight.