So, I completed Lighting 101 from strobist.blogspot yesterday, and was full of brilliant ideas, ready to conquer the world (or, my small town of 9,000 at least). While building a float, I set up 2 strobes on tripods with my little wireless transmitters and started shooting. (shooting other people working) 2 problems: I felt like a total weirdo setting up so much equipment for taking pictures of something so simple My pictures sucked Combine those two, and you have problems 3, 4, and 5. 3) even with all that equip my pictures sucked, 4) even with all that equip my pictures sucked, and 5) even with all that equip my pictures sucked. These three problems make me look like an overconfident loser who has too much money to buy equipment that he doesn't know how to use. Have any of you found yourselves in that situation when first learning new techniques?