(Oy.. Just deleted the first edition of this by accident, so this will be short) This weekend I am shooting a few casual portraits for some family members, and I have never even attempted anything like this before. They say they don't need anything "special", but I would at least like to give them one or two that could be put up in their houses. Here is the information: Cousin, her husband, 11-year-old daughter, 9 year old boy. Aunt, Uncle, and his mother. (Just wanted to say i have a wide range of subjects here so help on positioning them might be useful ) The location(s) will probably be overlooking the city and the mountains facing east. I checked the forecast, and as of today, it looks like it is going to be partially cloudy, which I guess is good for avoiding harsh shadows. But what time of day would be best in this situation? Second 'location' is more of a country style with the white fence and fall colours. First question is which lens to use. As of now I have the EFS 17-85mm (4-5.6) IS USM, and 70-300mm DO IS. Second. I have the 580EX but am ashamed to say I haven't taken the time to read through the manual and really learn what it is capable of doing. So wondering if that will be useful and if so.. how? :blushing: Hopefully I can get another relative out earlier this week to be my 'test subject', as all I know from my reading is to have them 'looking natural' (Guess that eliminates the "1..2..3.. Cheese" thing), and to have their bodies turning 30 degrees or so away from the camera. To round it up. Any help, articles, links, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for reading all of this. I did do a quick search and got lots of information, but wondering if anyone could give more specifics for the situation I now find myself in.