So - I'm not sure whether to thank (or blame!) Linda & Tim (https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=185190) but this thread and the link to www.juliagreerphotography.com/sb-800-article.htm plus the lighting class I attended at the weekend caused me to go a bit crazy on B&H.com on Labor Day. Speedy as ever, that lovely big brown box arrived this morning and I raced home to play with my new Apollo 50x50 umbrella style softbox (attached to the SB800 with an umbrella swivel adapter on a lightstand). I am pretty clueless with flash so tried to follow some of the tips from the class I was at on Saturday plus some of the things mentioned on www.strobist.com Within 5 minutes of getting home I had the softbox set up (love! love! love! how simple it is), used the pop up flash on -- (i.e. no output) and set the SB800 on ttl and here's my dog on a chair (What lovely square catchlights you have.....!) Dog wasn't too happy sitting still so as I'm the only one home I had to get out my manual to figure out how to use the timer control. Here's the first one - please forgive me the location - I was in the kitchen and didn't give any thought to the background in my eagerness to set up - that's the softbox you can see reflected in the mirror on the side (doh!): Question: this looks sort of grainy to me (noisy??) - my ISO was at 200 - not sure what's going on? Then I wanted to add a backlight/hairlight/something to separate me from the dark - I'm not really sure I've got this positioned right. I turned off the main light so I could see where the light behind was falling (loving my expression right!!! But figured I'd post this stunning shot of me so you can C&C!!) - I reduced the background one down -0.7 Here's the two lights together - I know I should have the light higher so the catchlights are higher but my ceiling is not that high and the softbox was touching the ceiling: I really don't have much of a clue what I'm doing - thank you for looking and any suggestions for how I should improve!