Portrait Photography with Simple Gear
Stand (even better a stand and a boom)
Umbrella (shoot through and bounce)
Flash (the kind that goes on the camera, but also has the ability to set the power manually)
A trigger set to fire the flash from the camera
Softbox (small or medium – get the best you can afford)
6 sheets of fome core or white cardboard
A 5-in-one or 6-in-one reflector set
Items for the class (note, these are affiliate links).
Extra items to consider:
Flashmeter (light meter that can measure ambient light as well as flash).
Gray Cards and Light Balancing Tools: