Why is it that camera companies can charge so much for batteries? $120 for a Canon LP-E6 or Nikon EN-EL15 battery is absolutely crazy! Wholesale manufacturing cost on that battery is somewhere between $2-$3 including packaging.
To understand what option is best for you we need to understand the different methods of flash triggering. You’ve likely heard of Pocket Wizard but do you need to spend $300-$600 to get started? Keep in mind we’re trying to accomplish a task, which is to fire the strobes or speedlites when we push our shutter release. There’s lots of ways to do this so here we go.
You've likely just spent a bunch of money on lighting equipment and then realized, “ah man everyone says I need a meter too?” Do I really need a light meter? This is a common question when someone is first getting into studio lighting. Ask any pro or instructor from a class you’ve taken and the answer will always be yes. But do you really need a light meter?
Photographers love to get overly technical sometimes when talking about strobes. How to measure light output, guide numbers, falloff etc. Although that can be interesting and useful, what most people care about when buying strobes is Power, Features, and Price.