Hi all! I've searched for a topic like this but didn't find exactly what I was looking for (if there is please direct me to there ). I want to start taking portrait shots but have no idea how to go about doing it. All I have is my camera (Nikon D50) and a tripod. I don't have a studio or extra lights, etc. so I'm thinking of doing an outdoors shot. I know the basics of photography (aperture and f-stops, etc), but still beginning. I'm planning on meeting the model earlier so we could get something to drink and get to know each other a bit before the shoot. But with my lack of equipment, how can I get nice lighting and is there a way I could get the "catch lights" effect in the eyes? Is the photographer supposed to tell the model how to pose? Anything else I should know prior to get some good photos? Should the model bring a variety clothes to wear? The portraits are for a college website and for the models own portfolio so we want a young/sexy feel to it. Any advice would truly help - thanks! (Hope I'm not asking too much in this post .