I have enjoyed playing with flashes, and that was one of the joys I wanted to put on this blog. Also, I thought I could share some of my experience since it seemed to me that there was a derth of information out there about using hot shoe flashes whether on the camera or on a cord (my two experiences). The ability to control your own light, which is what flashes or strobes give you is quite and experience. It adds a whole new dimension to photography. Well, two nights ago I happened upon the "Strobist" and it is way too cool! Please go and see for yourself. Make sure to make some time and especially take a look at "Lighting 101."