I've never used lighting much, or even been that favorable to it. Mostly, probably, because I have generally been a nature and candid moment photographer and lighting isn't always necessary or practical in these scenarios. Also, it's always kind of seemed like cheating - like artificially altering the scene no longer makes the picture a legitimate capture of a real moment - so I just relied on what the scene provided. I realize, of course, that photography isn't just about snapping a picture. In many ways, photography is about creating a picture and lighting can be an immense help. I've admitted it, I've purchased a little lighting kit to begin experimenting and playing around with, and I'm excited to begin learning some new areas of photography.
The picture of my daughter here, who curiously watched the whole endeavor, is one shot from a small roll of the first experimental photos I snapped in our home studio.