The other day I picked up a book on black and white photography, specifically John Batdorff’s Black and White: From Snapshot to Great Shot. He mentions using available light. With this in mind, and rather restless as I wait for the afternoon to pass before heading out to a swank party, I wandered around and came across my husband’s shoes on the table. He just polished them.
I used available light, and augmented a bit with some post-processing and on-camera pop-up flash for a few pictures.
As they say, work with what you got.