So I am trying to help a friend out by taking his daughters senior portraits. Outside ambient light no problems but I just got all this studio stuff and I want to try to get some of those classic studio shots we all had (you know the standard head shot, head laying on your hands, yada yada) but for the life of me i can't get them to pop! So here's what i have. Test shot with my dog =) doesn't help with skin tones though Test shot trying to figure out the hair light (didn't work) Gear available (and i can go buy some things like reflector if i need it): 2 Alienbee 400's w/stands 42 Sliver umbrella 33 White umbrella Large Softbox for bee's Stripbox with grid for bee's 2 SB600's Small softbox/stand for SB600 I know that's a hodgepodge of gear but when your are buying stuff on craigslist you don't get to be too picky I am willing to go buy more if needed (i think i need some reflectors but i was going to wait until i figure out how to use them). I also have a couple of heating lamps (we used them for puppies that have big reflectors on them) i was thinking about swaping the bulbs out and using one as a constant hairlight/background light. What kind of bulb should i use or should i forget that? Some of the issues i think i am having is the preflash is tripping my Alienbees so i can't use the 600's and the bee's together. Also with my D300 can i use the sync cord and the commander mode (sync to control my bee's and commander to control SB600's)??? Is there anything special i have to turn on in the settings to use Sync cabe or is it just plug and play?? Thanks for any help!