Last evening Phriend and I had the opportunity to take a portrait class. It was instructed by a photographer who has over 200 magazine covers to his credit. We spent time inside while he explained a few important facts to keep in mind while adjusting white balance and advice on preventing shadowing. We headed over to the beach with two barely dressed young ladies, who were professional models. We were shown how to set flash for use in the bright sunlight, how to angle the subject, and practiced the techniques for setting white balance. It was informative, but the best part was the Tamron reprehensive who was there lending out (yes free of charge) any and all lenses for use during the shoot.
I have been pining over their 60mm, f/2, marco for awhile now and could not wait to get my hands on one. It was a beautiful thing. I found I was having more fun taking marco shots of all things around me. In fact I wandered off in search of subjects and ended up taking only a few photos of the young ladies.
I am purchasing the lens by the end of the week.