Well a little but ago I got a lighting kit that JerryPH recomended. It works great, It came with: Vivitar 285HV Light stand cactus V2 STO-FEN diffuser gels swivel head Now this wednesday I am going to shoot for 2 of my friends at a lake/beach. We did this before but one of them were late so it was rather dark and I was working with slow shutter speeds and with hardly any luck. But now I have my light rig and can use that. I was debating a few things, 1 shoot on or of camera, I would like off camera but I would be the one with all the stuff and its in not so great part of town and the less fancy I look the better. 2 the main question, how should I diffuse and soften the light? I do have an umbrella that works great but it can get rather windy and the umbrella is like a windsock. But I also have a sto-fen diffuser. This works sometimes, but it seems to have a mind of its own. It either doesn't want to let ant light through or it hardly softens the light. 3 how do you shoot in windy conditions? Thanks for your help!