This was my first attempt at doing any real sort of portrait, since my girlfriend just had her hair done Originally I was wanting to do what I have ended up with in the first photo, with the subject lit by off camera strobes, and the background exposed over a 30 second exposure. I like the shot, but I prefer the second one, which was sort of by accident while setting up the lighting. I love the low-key effect going on here, but would love to hear some other non-biased opinions on lihgting and composition and anything else. #1 40D+ EF-S 17-55 @ 45mm. f/10 ISO 400 30 seconds. Main light 430EX w/ shoot through umbrella full power high camera right. Fill light 430EX bare strobe camera left 1/16 power. #2 40D+ EF-S 17-55 @ 45mm. f/10 ISO 400 1/4 second. Main light 430EX w/ shoot through umbrella full power high camera right, no fill light. Thanks for looking!