The photography class I was hoping to take at the Ottawa School of Art got canceled, due to lack of enrollments. Probably, that has a fair bit to do with the ongoing transit strike.
Nevermind. I can learn photographic lighting without the benefit of a class. I shot these on my dining room table. I used some tracing paper and my ironing board to set up a crude seamless backdrop (something more opaque would be better). For illumination, I used a hotshoe mounted flash. For light modification, I used a big round reflector: white on one side, soft gold on the other.
Because I have neither a wireless cable release (what a bizarre anachronism that term is!) nor an assistant, my basic approach was to turn the dining room lights on, focus manually, turn the lights out, point and set the flash, push the shutter (on two second delay), then dash into the right spot while holding my reflector.
These are all the original files, straight from the camera with no Photoshop tomfoolery.