"They" say children first learn by imitation. Essentially an overgrown child myself, I too find that I'm learning about photography and lighting by imitating those who actually know this stuff and are willing to pass along their knowledge. For them, I am incredibly grateful! In fact, I'm going to learn some more firsthand when two of my most influential "mentors" come to town in a week or so!!!
He told me he was going to copy what I looked like behind the camera when I was practicing lighting this cool stone garage foundation as a backdrop. Apparently, that is what I look like while I am "shooting" pictures... which should completely explain why I remain on the other end of the camera as much as possible!!!