I recently posted about how much I was loving the 105mm f/2.5 AI-S and this is an image from one of my recent shoots. This very lovely lady needed a head shot that she could use as a promo shot for a local radio program and also for her web site. For this type of shot I go right to the 105mm because of the color rendition and the quality of the images. I find it to be distinctly different from my 35-70mm f/2.8, which I love, but for the tighter shots I'm drawn to the 105mm. I do little to no cropping when I do shots like this or tighter and get a 'pop' that I just love to death. Lighting for this shot is fairly straight forward. I have my main light at camera left with a 36" x 48" softbox and a white reflector as the fill source. The fill reflector was just out of frame which gave me very soft light to fill shadows and open up the shadow side of the face. If this were more of a classic portrait I would have changed the ratio and used a little less fill but based on how the image is going to be used I didn't want that much 'drama' and contrast. When I light a shot like this I always pay careful attention to shadows and how the far (shadow side) eye appears. The eyes must pop or I'm just not happy. :biggrin: I also have a background light hidden just behind her and angled up slightly. She is sitting about 4 feet from the background and at this distance I like to use the background light creatively to act as a hair light. Not a hair light in the traditional sense but instead I let the light that reflects just 'kiss' the subject to give me some separation without the appearance of a dedicated hair light, which again, I find more appropriate for a classic portrait than a head shot of this type. The fact that she has fiery red hair made that easy because as soon as light hit the hair it took on the exact quality I wanted without being obvious or overdone. Simple and effective lighting and I let her personality and smile carry the image. I really love this capture and hope you do too.