Surprisingly, since he makes his living by telling people how to light things, Dave Hobby dispells the notion that that photography is all about light. http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/06/general-theory-strive-for-layers-of.html I've been out of town for a while, and am just catching up on this forum and the Strobist blog. I'm glad to see both are in full swing! My trip was to attend a family birthday party... my mom's 90th. It was an evening affair, and the venue was a crowded restaurant with mixed lighting, so I included two sb800s, a light stand, and an umbrella in my travel kit. While the tables were being set, I scouted for an area I could claim as my "studio". There was just enough room in front of the wine racks, and I drafted my older brother as my test model while I dialed in the settings. I put the umbrella stand to camera right, and placed the second sb800 on a table at the left, shooting straight up at the white ceiling. I dialed in their power levels in manual, and triggered the shots with my sb800. Here's a few examples. The final test shot. My daughter and son-in-law. View attachment 108531 And here's the birthday girl, with my kids and their spouses. View attachment 108532 The bounced flash may have created more problems than it solved, and there's some funky shadows, but the results are miles ahead of what I would have gotten pre-Strobist.