A while back, I was showing my friend what you can do with a couple of strobes and 1/4 of an imagination. We found a wide open field and waited for night to fall. All we had was one camera, one strobe and a slave. We put a Nikon SB-800 on a light stand and remotely fired it with another Nikon strobe.
Now, there is nothing sophisticated about this. We were just having fun. So, we stuck the camera on Manual exposure, ISO-200, Aperture f-2.8, Shutter 1/125 and started to plug away. There was a couple of settings we messed with on the strobe. We had it on TTL and Manual. As you can tell, there's not much difference in the results. Therefore, confirming what I always say, "There's more than one way to skin a cat."
One other thing I have come to realize is that you should always be aware of your options. Practice at all of them and find what you are comfortible with. What works for some does not always work as easily for others. Be patient and practice, practice, practice.
We are no models, so all we could think to do was JUMP FOR JOY!