so yesterday I had a chance to explore the great outdoors in Minneapolis and go to the beach with a model. This had all the things that a good after school special has; the model was late, make up artist was late, and we finally got to the beach by 8:20pm... and makeup was done by about 8:30. So I had about 20 min of good shooting time before sunset. Now before in the day (and more to the point of this thread) I had a choice between getting my A/C in the window or going to the camera shop and getting some filters for my flash... ideally I'd make a trip to a light shop and get a gel sample pack, but that will have to wait. But anyway, it's about 80-90 and humid here, and two people were going to be in my apartment, so it was an easy choice to get the A/C in. So while the model and I were waiting for my make up artist (I do love her to death, so some of this is in jest) I took a yellow receipt and put it between the business end of my flash and my little plastic dome deal. I couldn't believe how much that warmed up the picture, and did it in a good way! =) I have about 4 or 5 good pictures that really look good, and another 2-3 that are ok, it's just a matter of finding time to edit them now. Also, note that we all need to be very very careful about what we're letting the camera focus on. I have a lot of great sharp shots of the shoreline about 1/2 away on the other side of the lake... seems like its' hard to hold the camera steady, hold the flash in my other hand, and try to compose a shot while holding the focus on the model.