My goal is to know my gear well enough that I can "see through it". I mostly take people pics, so I want to concentrate on the subjects, and not let the technology distract me. I hate new cameras, because it takes 6 months to a year for them to become invisible. And when I started the off-camera flash stuff, the gear (multiple flash heads, light stands, umbrellas. adapters, Commanders, etc.) were a definite distraction... to the point where I was disappointed in the next few portrait sessions. I think I'm making progress, at least when it comes to the basic stuff. I did a single flash portrait session today, and positioning the umbrella and then balancing the flash and ambient came pretty easily. As a result, I was able to ignore the technical stuff and concentrate on pretty Sherri :smile:.