Some background: I started out shooting 35 mm film in the late 70's. In the early 90's I switched to a pocket digital for the convenience factor, but never liked the limited control over exposure. Recently I purchased a used Pentax K100 DSLR so I could re-use my old manual lenses and regain creative control. While I'm reasonably comfortable with exposure, I had previously always used whatever lighting was available. These photos represent my experiments with lighting. Item #1: Shot using 4 100W equiv. CFL's daylight balanced, two left of frame two right. EXIF Data says: Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)Aperture: f/4.5 ISO Speed: 400 (Manual exposure) This was self-shot using the kit lens and relying on the camera to autofocus. I was never quite happy with the result. Complete set available here: March 14, 2010 - a set on Flickr Item #2 Shot using four 100W equiv. CFL's daylight balanced Left side of frame, two 100W equiv. CFL's right side plus 60W equiv. CFL hair lamp rear. Shot with manual lens set at 35mm F2.5 125th/sec. ISO 400 (Full manual mode) Again self-shot, but using manual focus. I still may be slightly out of focus, but at least the results were consistent. The complete set is available here: March 21, 2010 - a set on Flickr Set #3 Outdoor shots, using manual exposure and focusing. Two reflectors on left to provide fill light. The 150mm f/3.5 1/1250th/sec ISO 200 Again self-shot. Taken at 4pm with the afternoon sun over my left shoulder (right side of frame). Two large reflectors left of frame. Complete set is available here: March 28, 2010 - a set on Flickr Please note that I like a lot of contrast in my images so that was a conscious decision on my part.