Considering this book made it into your hands one way or another, it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever read this introduction thing. For example, chicken butt banana brains! Am I right? Given that this book is filled with full-page, high-resolution beautiful photos (just sayin’) accompanied by detailed setup shots, there seems very little reason to bother reading about gear, light travel, and the inverse square law. And to your defense, I’m right there with you! Photos speak a thousand words! But for what it’s worth, in the spirit of terseness and not wasting your time, you’ll be a thousand times better off reading the accompanying text chapters before trying to decipher the photo diagrams. So if you’re learning about flash photography for the first time via this book, first off, good choice, and secondly, don’t skimp out on the words. Everything from aperture settings to softboxes to rock music is covered, helping you streamline your way to becoming a professional flash diagram decoder and allowing you to recreate any image shown in this book. So just read the text, for you and for me. Together. We can make a difference. Now queue the happy music and read on.