Hi everyone, I put away my film SLR for many years and stuck with the digital P&S. In the process I put away my creativity, and stuck with a formula of fill flash or bounce flash. Purchasing a DSLR last year really rekindled my interest in photography (although I am much more family oriented about it these days). I have been going in phases, ambient light only; then off camera bear flash, then multiple off camera flash with gels. I finally took my light stand out of the closet and got a 43" white shoot through umbrella. Wow, what a difference soft lighting does!!! I am hooked so I ordered another stand and umbrella. Since I am in the umbrella phase of experimenting. I am wonder what you guy/gals think of how these pictures would fit in a family album. Ambient light shots make you feel the moment. With the umbrella shots...I'm not sure what I feel. I need some criticism and discussion. Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) I wasn't expecting Lukas to put up his hand, and I had a bare flash camera right/low that casted a strong shadow on his face. I still liked the shot because of his funny smile; and also because, it was the first picture of him using an shoot through umbrella (camera left/high). Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Markus just started kindergarden and is enjoying telling time with is new watch. Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) My play fighting images has never looked so well-lit, nor sharp... Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Niklas is obviously not afraid of saddle sores! Previous pictures of the boys on this horse have been ambient at ISO3200. This clarity and smooth skin tone is foreign to me! Because this softer lighting is new to me...I'm unsure how often to use it? What do you think/suggest/comments?