This is Ember, she is my photography guinea pig. We planned to go to a local nature park at 4pm-I thought this would be late enough to give me some nice light, as it turned out the sun was still high in the sky and I was fighting a loosing battle against harsh light and shadows. I used my flash (as you can see from the reflections in the eyes) and even though I found it hard -I have no external flash or reflectors yet, I tried my best. I applied her makeup, after reading on here, it is good to have a good makeup base to help the skin look good in pictures-I don't wear much makeup myself, so it was interesting giving her a mini make over, I watched some tutorials on you tube first LOL How can I improve my edit? Im still at the stage where I find it hard to know when to stop, (or even where to start) What can I do about the reflection in her eyes? I have lots more pictures to edit so tips would be welcome, also advise on composition etc would be good too. Oh and I do have some pictures where she isnt looking so serious, and some that were taken in the shade. Ill post them too, but a bit later Exif Canon 30d, Canon 50mm 1.8, shutter speed 1/160, Apature f11, ISO 100 and Flash used. edited with photoshop elements 4 this is the editied version: and the original, I did do quite alot of cloning! and healing, I wanted to keep her skin lookimg textured.