Thanks for any advice, everyone. I'm pretty "raw" with this stuff (groan). I have a Canon 10D I recently bought from a friend, my first DSLR. All I have for it is an EF 35-70 3.5-4.5. I do not have an off-camera flash but I do have a friend that will let me borrow strobes and gear from time to time in exchange for some assisting now and then. I am looking to become better at portraits, and would prefer to practice outdoors and on location. What I would like to do is spend 350-500 this weekend and be able to practice some outdoor headshots with friends during the week. Locations I am considering are simple, the beach, the park, the city streets, etc. I do not have any type of reflector or scrim jim, so this is something I would like to include in the budget. I realize 500 is a comparatively small budget, but I am also thinking that I should get a prime lens, 50 and 80mm seem to be common suggestions, and I see the 50mm 1.4 is about $325 at B&H, which fits my budget and leaves me a little room. I'm curious though if a longer lens would be better for outdoor photography. I was also interested in whether or not that lens would be ok for low-light photography, but I have seen other threads suggesting the 10D isn't good in those situations at all. Opinions? I plan to have more money to invest in kit in about 2 months, hopefully another 500-1000. I would like to continue to work towards putting together the gear and skills to shoot quality outdoor portraits, and also consider a "minor" in nightlife/club photography. What would you do in this situation? More glass? New body? Light meter? Filters/modifiers? Thanks for taking the time to help me out!!