A couple of points which might be of interest to some readers of this topic are identified in the following two photographic 'still lifes'.
In this first example of the bowel of fruit, what I'm attempting to demonstrate is that by adjusting the white light balance, differing effects can be exploited. In this first example I used a tungsten white balance setting to achieve the Blue background whilst using strobe flashes without any colour correcting gels. This background is normally rendered as being Beige when auto white balance is used and indeed that is the 'normal' colour of the vertical blinds.
Another aspect of using flash is the Sync Speed of the camera. My Nikon D300's native sync speed is 250th/sec, this can be raised to 320th/sec by resetting it in the menu system. What is seemingly not mentioned anywhere is that it'll sync perfectly successfully at very much higher speeds. Check out the Techie details for the Bonbon dish in the following photograph.
Nikon D300, F/8 500th/sec
ISO200, Bias 0, 300mm, Manual Exp, White Balance - Auto, Sharpness Hard.
Flash. 2 x SB800 one bounced into Westcott brolly at camera right front and one SB800 back lighting on stand snooted with 9 inch snoot made from a used cereal box. Lighting ratio 2:1 in favour of the back light.
Please note that subsequent experiments revealed that perfectly good exposures can be obtained up to 1250th/sec without having the need to go into HSS mode, by varying the power output of the SB's. In the example below the front strobe was set at 1/16th power and the rear strobe was set at 1/4 power both with 1/4 CTO gels fitted.
I hope that this is of some use to those of you who have an interest in 'Flash Photography'.
Best regards and Happy New Year.