Hello everyone. Please go easy on me.
I put the 'B' in the word beginner. I just brought (a couple of months ago) the Digital Rebel. I know nothing on photography, but have been doing research and I am in the process of learning and grasping aperture. I have the Manual of Photography by John Hedgecoe and this very helpful along with various websites. Well along with that a friend convinced me (a it was easy to do that) to buy a simple studio setup up. This is what I purchased from B&H.... Impact Tungsten 3 Floodlight Miniboom Kit - consists of: 2 12" Floodlights, 1 5" Floodlight, Umbrellas, Bulbs, Light Stands, Boom Arm, Case - 1250 Total Watts. Oh and I brought a roll of paper that I tape to the wall as my backdrop.
Now I know that I will learn from trial and error, because I have a nine month old, I don't have time to take a class. Question is, I have the light kit, how do I set it up as far as distance angle etc. For example I want to take photos of my nine month old on the floor, do I lower the lights (as low as they could go) or do I leave them high. Do I use the umbrella with the closed side facing the subject to give a 'softbox effect' or the other way. I know my questions are endless but I told you I am absolute beginner....who is eager to learn