A few weeks ago I decided to be a student and watch Scott Kelby's online class, Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it. My goal was to watch Scott's instruction and then try to get the same (or similar) results myself.
After watching the lighting set-up, getting some helpful camera tips and making some notes, I went into the studio and took my own shots.
In my usual fashion of showing the after photo first, here's the "finished" photo after 15 minutes of retouching (a few blemishes removed, lessening dark areas under her eyes and whitening the eyes).
Here is the "as shot" photo, thanks to Scott's easy-to-follow instruction.
I'm very pleased with the results of my first attempt at learning a new technique, thanks to Scott and Kelby Training.