I've noticed some people don't want to post photos in a few threads because they think their work doesn't measure up; that's no good. So, I figured those of us who take pictures and post them fairly regularly could share how we do it, what we use, etc. After all, it shouldn't be intimidating for anyone to post shots of our favorite robots in disguise. This is to help people understand how to take photos! With that, here's how I took, and edited, my latest picture. My camera is an old EOS 20D, and I'm using the lens that came with it (18-55 mm). I use Photoshop CS5 for editing, but I hear Gimp (which is freeware), is great, too. I also hear Photoshop CS2 is now old enough where you can get it for free. Notice my ultra-complicated set-up! The lights are pretty cheap. You can usually find them at Target for around $15 or $20. And the ultra-complicated eraser/cell phone stand for Sideswipe is just a good old-fashioned, "Crap, I've gotta get this dude taller for the pic" improvisation. That's the shot, after shooting it with an aperture of 7.1 and a slow-ish shutter speed. No flash was used. Adding the bars. Oh yeah . . . the dimensions I build at are 9.56" x 6" at 300 dpi. The bars are 9.56" x 1". The lights I use are Reveal bulbs, which cast a red hue. I get rid of that by creating a Color Balance adjustment layer, and setting it to -3 on the cyan/red bar for shadows, mid-tones and highlights. I also add a Levels adjustment layer to give it some contrast. I draw a small, white shape in the middle of the eye, then create an Outer Glow using the color 005eaa Here's the final image. To give it the blue hue, I created a new layer and filled it with the color 73bed1. I then set that layer's opacity to 80% and set its layer style to Overlay. So . . . there you have it! In my experience, most photo problems have to do with lighting. Without seeing a sample photo, though, I can't tell you for sure. As for the lights, well . . . lights are lights. I'd think any kind would work with a lightbox. Great point about the white balance.