A friend of mine from another board said this is the place to be for photography tips! I just bought a Nikon D3000. I need direction so bad. I have 5 children and I am trying to get good enough so I can do this on the side and be home with my babies. I have one lens that it came with which is a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II. First off, I have no idea what this means. I also do not know what this type of lens would be good for. I am wanting to take more people portraits and maybe some landscape things since we are avid mountain lovers. So any tips, lens tips, flash tips, and filter tips would be great. Also, should I purchase a studio set that includes the softbox and white back drop for my more professional pics? Whew! This is overwhelming...haven't even thought about photo editing software...Help!! Please
Thank you all so very much for your time!