I am currently in the situation that I often struggle for 30 to 60 minutes before a shooting to set up my lights. Few studios and locations I use offer mannequins and I don't have an assistant at most times, so I am stuck placing lights until I am happy and then as soon as my models are in I end up having to spend another 30 or so minutes so place my lights anew. I spend a lot of time fiddling which is frustrating for me and for my models which have to sit and wait until I have my lights finally set up.
Is there a way to speed up this process, ideally a solution where before a shoot I can play around with light setups and get a general feel or idea for it. I have a couple of "standard" light set ups I like to use, so these I am familiar with. But whenever I want to use gels or light modifiers I am not using often I end up struggling.