Ok...let me start with the explanation of these photos. My boyfriend, Brian, is a musician in a band with another guy, Shane (Check them out at www.teamtrance.com and download free music!! Haha). They wanted me to try and take some promo shots. I wanted this scheduled around 6:30 as to avoid harsh lighting. However, of COURSE, we pull up and a huge storm cloud is hovering overhead. Now evening light alone = great lighting. A cloudy day alone also = great lighting. But mix clouds AND evening?! It was almost as if it was 8:00. So again: 6:30-7:00 PM with a cloud covered sky. No tripod Using aperture priority Mainly using Sigma 70-200mm, interspersed with Canon 85mm and my kit lens with a wide angle attachment. Here are the SOOC results...completely untouched, not even cropped yet: 1) 70-200mm; I was laying on my car hood below, about 20 feet away. 2) Kit lens with wide angle attachment. That light coming in is a car headlight; we thought it may give a cool effect. 3) I believe this was also my 70-200mm, but could be the 85mm... Now for the problem: THEY SUCK! When zoomed in, they are noisy, especially number one, which is everyones favorite but its so noisy! And, Brian, the one crouched down, is out of focus. In the second, it's just fuzzy and noisy. The third, Bri is out of focus again. Which isnt really BAD, Shane, the bald guy, is the singer/songwriter so its not odd to have that guy be the only in focus guy but...I didnt PLAN for that photo to be that way...know what I mean? So Im assuming I should have set my exposure differently...Im assuming they are noisy because a high ISO was needed with the lighting...maybe I should have had a tripod...Bah. ALSO, I have a Speedlight flash attached to my camera, but I wasnt really sure how to use it in this situation! There was nothing to bounce the light off of, it didnt reach the guys when they were on top of the trailor, and if it was right in their faces they were blown out. But without it, the pics were fuzzy. I am going to be reshooting this and I basically would LOVE you r guys' opinions on 1) what went wrong during this shoot, and 2) how I can improve and totally rock the reshoot? How can I effectivly use my flash? And how should my camera settings be? Hopefully the next shoot wont be in these same weather conditions... You guys are amazing and I really appreciate your comments, both good and bad, thats how I learn!! So bring it on!!!