So I'm going to state this at the outset; Tonite was my first ever attempt at shooting another person. Since I got into photography back in Oct '08 i've been sticking strictly to inanimate objects like cars, architecture, and junk i find in my apartment. After watching the Zack Arias OneLight DVD this morning I decided I needed to branch out and start doing something with people. I told the gf to get dressed up (she didn't complain) and told her i would try not to butcher her. Headed out 15 minutes west of downtown to get away from the buildings just before sunset. Took with me my D90, 50mm f1.8, single manfrotto lightstand, 52" umbrella, and a SB-600. Not only did i have zero experiance behind the camera, my gf had zero in front of the camera. So I spent a little time trying to get her to relax and stop trying to pose as they looked too forced. Eventually we got into a rhythm right as the light started to hit its money spot. These are the results below. All shots are basically straight out of the camera like that. Some have some minor CameraRAW tweaks to lighten a shadow. But it is literally a 10 second touch up. I'm not one to plug things, but seriously if you want to learn to light grab Zack's DVD. It's WELL worth it. Takes something that most have a coniption even thinking about, and makes it braindead easy. (Zack Arias - Atlanta based editorial music photographer) Critique the photos, but please keep any comments about the model clean and tasteful. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Thanks.