One of my favorite speedlite techniques, especially this time of year, is to underexpose my ambient light and overexpose my flash. It can put a little extra spookiness / moodiness into your photos. It will also add texture to an other wise bland grey skies that are very common in the colder New England months. I also shoot with a Gary Fong collapsable lightsphere to soften those creepy shadows. All though putting August’s happy face in frame really lightens the mood.