Yesterday I volunteered to be a PA on a shoot with another photographer (who actually has much less experience than me.) She was shooting a model I've worked with several times in a Forest Preserve. I brought my camera along and snapped a few as well.
The ironic part was, as I was explaining to her how I'd expose the image, it occurred to me that it was like talking to myself a year ago. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] The sun was setting, we had only on-camera strobes, and we were in a forest. So I wanted to drag the shutter (to expose the background,) and use a little fill (the model was wearing a dark dress,) but not too much (because the model's exposed skin was extremely pale.)
Now, I'm not saying that I got it exactly right. I didn't. But I was actually pretty proud of myself for integrating the lighting situation and making a call that was fairly close to the best I think my equipment could do in the circumstances. Here's one of the images.
50mm prime, f3.0, 1/30, on camera strobe (angled away and with diffuser,) handheld.
Another year or two, I may actually start hitting on all cylinders. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] So all you novices out there, take heart. If I can do it, you can do it.