I'm going on the premiss that there's no such thing as a daft question and hope not to prove that wrong!
I have some really basic questions i'm sure, just need to get my head around off camera flash and I thought here would be a great place to ask.
So, I've been watching a load of videos and I'm not sure i understand, people seem to set up lights, meter and then use the settings on their camera, I get that but does that mean the light dictates what you do in camera? I see videos where people meter at say f22 or f35 or something, what if I want to use a lens wide open on a portrait for example, is it just a case of lowering the power of the strobe? I'm wondering why people expose to the lights rather than setting the lights to match what they want from their lens or from the shot?
Soft boxes, are the differences in shape only changing catchlights in the eyes or is there another reason for an octabox over a regular square or rectangular box?
I keep hearing people talk about "soft wrapping light" what does this really mean as I'm sure light only goes in straight lines regardless of the source, what am I missing here?
What advice would you experts give someone going in to flash photography for the first time? Any pearls of wisdom you wish you'd known before embarking on this journey?
Many thanks in advance, hopefully these aren't really daft questions!