After I noticed that a few of my close friends were not camera shy and very photogenic, I thought I'd ask if they would mind posing for a few pictures. To my surprise, they were very enthusiastic about it and it turned out to be a great learning experience. Again, something that I want to document and improve on.
I bought the Nikon Speedlight SB-800. I had already made up my mind that I needed a flash - it was just a matter of weighting the pros and cons between the SB-600 and SB-800 models. I decided to go with the SB-800 because my philosophy has always been to make an investment. I don't like buying cheaper stuff and then having to upgrade later. I'm not saying that the SB-600 is cheap by any means, but I