For the image of the couple I took an incident meter reading of the ambient light then bounced the light from a Nikon SB-800 Speedlight into a California Sunbounce reflector for fill. Had I not used an adequate fill flash technique, this image would be flat and non-dimensional.
Using a Reflector Indoors
The pirate image of Jim Busha was made in my studio with a Nikon D70s, using a Hensel Monolight with beauty dish as the main light, and a California Sunbounce for fill. Two additional lights were placed to either side and just behind the model to accent the face and feathered to light part of the background. This image shows that accent lights add depth to an image.
Further spice up your images with color gels, multiple lighting techniques, or accent lights and watch your images come to life.