Light it up
If the weather isn’t with you, you don’t have large windows or you want to shoot at night, then use a studio light (or a Speedlight). Move the light off-camera – to do this you should have a light that’s capable of being triggered by a hotshoe-mounted wireless transmitter (see pages 42 and 50 for more on this). Cheap wireless triggers can be bought for £15/$35. Use a softbox or umbrella to soften the light. A studio light will also have a modelling lamp, which enables you to focus easily, and also shows how the light will fall on your subject, so you can preview the effect of any changes.