after a bit of waiting, my wireless trigger/receiver came in today which completed my setup. have no idea what im doing other than going by the few videos i saw. my setup is a 7' wescott 750 light stand, manfrotto 026 lite-tite umbrella adapter, interfit 36" translucent white umbrella (all shots were done shooting through it), pt-04 wireless trigger/receiver set, and a 430EX II flash. this flower was the first shot i did: i absolutely love the color and lighting of this shot. i think i got a bit lucky for a quick snapshot. lol ...and just a lil bit ago we needed weekly pictures of the puppies so we tried a "portrait session". im fairly pleased with the results, but i hate the background. going to use a backdrop next time for a more proper result! 1. (my personal favorite) 2. 3. 4. 5. i see some issues with focus in the group shots, and in the others i was having a problem with light power. sometimes it was too much and others was too low. was mainly trying to keep the flash on 1/4 or 1/2 power and adjusting brightness with the aperture. was shooting mostly at 1/60th to let some ambient light on. was also cheating here and there when i wanted to use a smaller aperture (like f/8) but really couldnt break from shooting due to puppies attention span so i was bouncing the iso around from 100 to 200 at times for extra light. shot 192 pictures in total and learned a lot in the process. again, im pretty happy with the results and it sure does make a dramatic difference when you're moving around and/or moving the light around in the lighting of the subject! now to practice practice practice so my next set will turn out much better!