Here is what I do- right or wrong-need tips and advice. My portrait style is pretty low key in my makeshift studio. I am using VU-Pro 1000 watt constant lights with softboxes and Rebel xti with kit lens 18-55 3.5 - 5.6 I turn on the lights and light the model for what looks good to me with the naked eye. Then I try to get the camera to "see" what I see. The problem with low key lighting that I am having is shutter speed. If I want to hand hold, I get blur, because I have to slow down the shutter speed to let the light in. If I set aperture way wide, I can set the shutter speed up some and lose the blur. Okay how do YOU start? Do you turn the lights on at a certain level and thats where they stay. Do you crank 'em up high and then use the shutter speed and aperture to tone it down? Maybe I am missing something? Or, as I know, I need a faster lens to help with my problem with low light. As of now, I just set the lights very arbitrarily. There is no ryme or reason other than it looks good as I see it. I am studying with NYPI but haven't gotten that far yet in the lessons, but could use some tips now. Thanks in advance.