Obviously I'm new here, so I hope this is in the correct section. I'm not looking for a how-to on portraits, rather a few pointers if anyone has them. I shoot with a 18-135 on a Nikon D80 and unfortunately do not have access to a studio or an external flash. Just a tripod and my camera. My plan is to shoot around early evening in the shade. I did a test shot with a friend of mine yesterday and found 70mm @ f/5.6 gave a good flattening effect. He was about 5 feet from the camera with the background about 25 feet behind him. I did use the pop-up flash. Also, this isn't a formal shoot of any kind, in the final product it will just be a composite for an organization that I'm apart of. Thanks for any advice!