As a lighting exercise, as you'll see if you take a look at the original (linked below), this wasn't a great success:
The light is flat, the background is too dark, and so on, and so on, and so on.
As with my first experiment in off-camera lighting this was lit with a 41" shoot-through/translucent umbrella, placed about three feet away and 45° to the right just above my daughter, in a partially darkened room. The light source was a Canon 580 EX II set to 1/4 power. In this instance though I think that I should have either added at least one more light (to brighten the background), or used a better background, or ... well, something else.
Anyway, it was a learning experience, and I am happy with the final image – processed using techniques from my Portraits: part two tutorial – not least because I've posted very few shots of our youngest daughter. At the least, I hope you'll agree that she is quite cute :)
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Canon 5D Mark II
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
580 EX II (1/4 power)