I shot some family portraits at the lake yesterday. It was my first attempt to use off-camera flash for a payjob, and, frankly, I felt it turned a simple shoot into an overly complicated the session. The problem is, I have too much gear, and couldn't decide on what to use. So I brought too much, and spent too much time fiddling with gear instead of working with the clients. And it showed in the results, which are pretty well illuminated but below my standards for poses and expressions. For most of the shots, I set up a stand at camera left, and shot an sb800 through an umbrella as the main, with an sb800 in hand, topped with a 5x7" Lumiquest Softbox, for fill. View attachment 95535 View attachment 95536 View attachment 95537 View attachment 95538 In hindsight, I don't think shooting through an umbrella made sense for a daytime outdoor shoot, because it took too much power. And a softbox wasn't necessary for the fill light. I just needed one big umbrella I could use to bounce light for the main, and an sb800 on a flash bracket for fill. Note: for fill, the better approach would be to put the sb800 on a tall stand, but dealing with 2 light stands is too complicated at my current stage of development. Maybe later.