I haven't been too active here lately. I've been preparing for my first commercial shoot...my son's pre-school. So for my 2,000th post, here goes! So here was my setup for my first set. My key light was an SB800 in a 36x36 Westcott softbox, manual mode, full power (charged by a Quantum Turbo battery). Fill was another SB800, manual mode, 1/8, bounced into a white umbrella with a black back. Hairlight was a third SB800 in a small Photoflex softbox, 1/8 power. I used a Sekonic L-358 meter to meter the key to f7.1, ISO 320. I wanted a small aperture to get everything in focus, and my SB800 through the softbox, couldn't give me f8 at ISO100. So I decided to up the ISO instead of lowering the aperture...big mistake, as you'll see. I then metered, the fill to 2 stops below the key, and the hairlight to one stop below the key. Overall exposure was measured as f8, all at 1/200, ISO320. All of the SB800s were fired from the SU800. And here is the first image shot at this setup... It looked OK on the LCD, but when I got home, I was very disappointed with the results...ISO320 really killed all of the detail in the shot, and I think I was about a stop underexposed for some reason. My WB was also set with the expodisc, which I had practiced with before, but it was off during the shoot. The combination of underexposure, high ISO, and incorrect WB gave a magenta cast to all of my shots. Thanks to some very talented photographers here, Stuart (Ottrott's Human) and Dona (fireflye24), who responded to my pleas for help, I made some changes in exposure and in lighting setup for my second day of shooting. First, I moved my key more forward to be about 35 degrees off center. Then I moved my fill to the left more. I set ISO back to 100, but this meant I was only able to get f4 out of my key at 1/200 (and at 1/60, it really doesn't matter). But I decided to trade DOF for a cleaner ISO. I set my D200 to Flash white balance. Lighting ratios were the same...fill was 2 stops below key, and hairlight was 1 stop below key. Here is what it looked like: And here was my first shot using this new setup... I was very pleased with these results. And finally, my favorite shot from the two days of sessions... Sorry for the long post, but I sure did learn a lot during the session. Thanks again to Stu and Dona for their help during my sessions.