Practicing with my new reflector and those beautiful eyes.
After hearing several review over the years about the wonders of the reflector, and a couple of attempts at using a homemade version, I picked up a 5-in-1 reflector on Amazon. Having used it twice, I can say this is one handy little tool. It has a very small learning curve (just tilt until you reflect/filter the desired light), they're pretty cheap (mine was about $15) and they pack up and tote around easily. Definitely a great option if you're looking for a lighting system on the cheap.
Now just to practice playing with light, which is the aim of every photo hobbyist around.
"A man must love a thing very much if he not only practises it without any hope of fame or money, but even practises it without any hope of doing it well. Such a man must love the toils of the work more than any other man can love the rewards of it."