Just to put a bow on the end of the story... I was able to sell my 580 exii for $322.70 (net after commission). My final cost on the 600 rt is $377.98... making my total upgrade cost $55.29.
So if I hate the 600... I'm coming lookin' for ya'll!!! >-|
I think I need a better flash diffuser... or a better assistant. My flashbender had some harsh t-zones in some of the photos I took today...
I hate shooting with flashes
Keep in mind, I never own any speedlite prior speedlite 600. It took me about 20mins to fire up all these stuff. The layout is very friendly
First few couple shots with flashes(straight out from camera). Still have a lot more to learn. To have both kids sit still and looking at camera at the same time will be my #1 task
Backgrounds will be next...
I've come full circle in regards to flash. When all I had was the on camera flash... I never used it. Then I had a 430 exii that I could use in slave mode and I could trigger it using my on camera flash... and I like it enough... then I had the 580's, an umbrella (still working on getting that 2nd umbrella), and stands... and I really like the result when the result is good. When I screw up the result, well... I won't go into that.
So I like flash... but not as a panacea to bad technique... because it still can detract from an image... but I digress. I like your first efforts. When you have two subjects, I'd suggest shooting at f/8 or so, so both are in focus... There's nothing worse than everything coming together and both are looking at the camera, but one is out of focus and the other is in focus... it is just frustrating and annoying.