been studying the strobist blog and i have some equipment questions: for monolights (i know, they aren't strobe but i have to ask) how do you know what wattage to choose? The monolights will be used in my home for a small makeshift studio setup to take pictures of my kids. I dont have the best lighting in the world but I do get some from my balcony windows at the end of the day. I just don't want to purchase lights that are too low and i don't want to purchase ones that are too bright... so i'm unsure how to choose? I was looking at this kit but I wanted to get your feedback if 300 watts is suitable and if this brand is any good For a three light system, this price seems reasonable... but i'm so new to this...http://www.mpex.com/browse.cfm/4,9408,1,0,0.html the strobist mentions some flashes he promotes in a kit you can buy at midwest exchange: LumoPro LP120 Manual Flash I'd really like to stay with my nikon flashes (I have one SB900 but its not really in my budget to buy a couple more at this time). I was wondering if you guys would recommend using these LumoPro just to learn on for the time being, and if they would work well in conjunction with my current SB900 (i'm using a D700 body). My husband bought me the flash as a gift and I'd like to play around with it off camera but all the setups I'm looking at suggest at least a couple different lighting placements... and another 900 or similiar isn't in my budget right now... which brings me to my last question: If I do get some strobes that aren't Nikon brand, I'm forced to use some sort of triggering system (since CLS would be out of the question, correct?). Since I'm going to be using these indoors in a tight space for the time being, would it be best to just use cord syncs or should I invest the $ in remote triggering? I keep reading that unless you need the distance range, cord sync will work just fine... I'd like to test my waters by playing around with different lighting setups and different lighting types...thats why I'm thinking a couple of inexpensive monolights and a few more strobes to work with placement of strobes, but i'm not sure if those Lumopro flashes are decent in conjuction with my current flash and body, or should I wait to save up and buy a couple more nikon flashes? Sorry for the long questions, I appreciate your suggestions!!