First, I put the camera on full automatic and took a photo. (First time I’ve ever used full auto, and I can’t think why I’d ever use it except for another similar demo.) I got a photo, and it pretty much dispelled the notion that it’s the camera that makes the picture.To take it a step further, I put a flash on the camera and shot again, full auto, and the Speedlite on ETTL. I got another photo. Point made, I think.Then I put the camera in manual mode, with a gridded Speedlite with a 1/4 CTO gel camera right, aimed a bit lower than Nate’s face—I wanted some light spill on the table, and not much on the background camera left. This gave me the contrasty look I wanted, and kept most of his face in shadow, with a splash of light on the dark side of his cheek.I then added the boomed Speedlite camera left, which gave some dramatic light to the table and a little fill and rim light on Nate’s shadow side.Then two quick looks, the first as if he had spotted someone he was expecting to see, the second more pensive and dark.For the shot below, I cut down the light on the table in post production.Then I converted to black and white, for the classic film noir look.8 minutes from the first shot to the last. Needless to say, if this had been a real job, I would have taken more time to refine the lighting, the looks, and the poses. But I did get the point across to the group: it’s not the camera that makes the photograph.Here’s the whole series of the 10 minute portrait demo, with captions.