Mike, you've got the right idea. If you're shooting an SLR with a focal plane shutter and any strobes--on camera or studio strobes--just set it at X-sync and control exposure by adjusting flash power, distance between flash and subject, and aperture.

Once you've gotten yourself oriented, you can think about using slow sync indoors (or high speed sync outdoors, but not with an F2!) to mix ambient and strobes, but for now, it's probably best to ignore the ambient and concentrate on the light you can control most directly.