When you look at the work of strobinistas like David Hobby or Joe McNally, you’re seeing the cumulative knowledge that comes from lighting and shooting hundreds of thousands of images. They share a lot of fantastic information on their blogs, but there is no substitute for experience, and I suspect a lot of their lighting decisions are subconscious at this point.
For me, every session with off camera flash is still a journey into the unknown. I might spend twenty minutes or so setting up lights to shoot an individual. As soon as a second person steps into the frame, a whole new set of calculations is required. More people, more permutations – angles, power levels, planes. My brain hurts. But it’s a good pain, like from working out (or so I’m told).
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – order tickets for Cabaret at the Art Center Theater in Ojai.