So I've been trying out different flash techniques (maybe I should have posted this in lighting??) and when my husband (Paul) decided it might be a nice night to go to the beach and do a spot of fishing I saw an opportunity to use his as a model (he is SO SICK of me pointing the camera at him!) I managed to stall our departure till early evening in an attempt to try to get some good sunset scenes. I am a sneaky wife. My objective was to try to capture some of the background and use flash to illuminate my subject. I would appreciate any/all feedback/suggestions for next time on my exposure/lighting/placement of lights etc - not so bothered about WB, composition but if there is something REALLY bothering you about any of those fire away! Didn't do major post processing, just levels/curves tweak and some sharpening. #1 this is to show you without any flash. 17-55 2.8 lens. SS 1/200 f7.1 I metered for the background in P mode and then switched to manual and dialled in those settings. Was this correct??? NIKON D300    ---    17mm    f/7.1    1/200s    ISO 200 #2 I set an SB800 on a light stand, sort of 45 degrees above husband's head - had to be a bit careful as the water was all over the place. I wanted the light to my right but the CLS system didn't seem to be working too great unless it was to my left and the camera could "see" the little line of site IR thingy. Set the popup flash to commander mode and -- (to get no output) and set the SB800 to TTL 0. Same settings - had to mess with the crop a bit as I was forced to stand to the right of the light to make it fire. I think it looks a bit superimposed/fake with the separation between him and background - maybe a different aperture or less flash?? BTY - doesn't he look happy?! NIKON D300    ---    17mm    f/7.1    1/200s    ISO 200 #3 Here's one with my fisheye (I think) - cropped. I reduced set the SB800 at TTL -1.0 if I remember correctly. Maybe a bit better? How would I go about reducing the big shadows behind him? Diffuser? Second light? NIKON D300    ---    11mm    f/2.8    1/60s    ISO 200 Sorry for all the questions! Thank you for looking.