My last 2 events I photographed had good results. I brought my flash on a lightstand with a soft box. The first time I did this was because it was an indoor event in a dark "candle lit" atmosphere. There was simply no other way to get results that would meet the bar I have set for myself in that kind of dark atmosphere. I liked the results of the flash off the camera that I did this again with the next event I did, even though it was under bright florescent lights. I enjoy the freedom of having the flash off camera (freedom for variety of photos, not of mobility through a crowd carrying my gear, that is not freedom). I am planning on doing this again for the event I am photographing that is upcoming. However I have never seen another photographer do this. I usually see a flash on camera with a little flash diffusor. I tend to feel self conscious for the first 30 mintues of the events with all my gear, but once I get in the zone I tend to block that out. Does anyone else do this... is this overkill?