I've recently started trying my hand at some real portraits. My results to this point have been maddeningly dismal, but I think I may have at least figured out the basics for lighting. This example is one of the better recent tries. It's been gone over kind of quickly in photoshop cs3 (gotta love trial periods). My lighting is the fun part. It's just two work lights from a local hardware store with wax paper to soften the light. The gray background is an unlit white bed sheet. Let me know what you think. These are early attempts for me.