This link should work… https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/155850_10100595581623448_85766224_n.jpg
The white balance was just set on ‘Auto’ but I will get myself a grey card, thank you. I’ve tried metering using the ‘take a photo of a white piece of paper’ before but it just never seems to register right. I will play around and set for daylight, and I’ll make sure to leave the main light off, thank you.
I was editing in Lightroom but I guess my perception of the correct white balance was off. I tend to err on the ‘warm’ side when it comes to tweaking it and I know I can overdo it sometimes.
I had a play around last night with the tips you guys have suggested and it certainly produces something more interesting than just “light straight at the subject”. I realise the focus is a little off (and excuse the tiger-face-covered-in-food – it’s Christmas, after all!) but it’s certainly more interesting than the earlier attempts! I hope you don’t mind me sharing my fumblings with you. For a site that’s dedicated to taking the piss, you guys have been really helpful and accommodating…
One softbox to the side, flashgun on camera (bounced off ceiling): http://s1275.beta.photobucket.com/user/snap_happy1/media/DSC_2437-1_zpsbfad2922.jpg.html
Both softboxes illuminating the background, flashgun on camera (bounced off ceiling): http://s1275.beta.photobucket.com/user/snap_happy1/media/DSC_2444-1_zps96be82ce.jpg.html
As I say, I realise the second one especially, is out of focus but it was just fiddling with the light (and an excitable daughter).