I have a canon 400d and am looking at doing some portraits in the late-ish afternoon or early evening. I only have my standard camera flash and was wondering if some people could give me some tips to get the best results?
Try shooting in the shade. Skin tones and shadows will render very nicely. Shoot RAW and get a white balance. Shooting a piece of paper is better than nothing if you don't have one of those over-priced white balance tools. Just be careful with full sunlight patches in the background that can clip and become a problem.
My 2 cents