I have a basic home studio setup now, and I want to get better at using it. So far I've just been shooting away at the dog, and a couple stuffed animals.
I really don't have any feel for lighting subjects with multiple lights--it's pretty much all trial and error. I'm hoping to pickup a digital lightmeter within the coming weeks, so until then I just run around, make some changes, and snap away.
This seems like the most backwards way to learn how to shoot in a studio setup.
What are some exercises, or studies that I can do that will help me get better at studio photography?
I'm interested in both still life shots, as well as single and family portraits.