I think you're right - I reduced exposure in Lightroom by about 1/2 stop and the exposure looks much better. I suppose that's the downside to working without a light meter. However I was careful not to clip the highlights, and the specular reflections on the forehead and nose are still there after re-editing. Any suggestions on how to avoid this in the future? My light sources are pretty large and soft, so perhaps it was just shiny skin? Awesome link, thank you for sharing! I'm pretty sure I read the prior article from that author, as the photos look very familiar. I was going for more of a 2:1 ratio with this lighting, which I think I achieved with the white reflector, while the shot taken with a silver reflector (not shown) is pretty close to 1:1 and just just looked too flat to me (and also created another catch light). I agree with the fill light being more even with the soft box for fill, albeit a little brighter than intended, but I still want to figure out how to make a 2nd catch light look less "alien". Hmm, I didn't realize I missed focus, but it was likely for the obvious reason you mentioned. I shot at f/8 @ 85mm, so that should still should have given me a few inches of DoF, but without being able to look through the viewfinder, there's a good chance the focus point was on a brow or nose. Not much I can do about that, except step down further or find another subject! Thanks for the great feedback! It is definitely appreciated, and I'm excited to keep learning.