Part 2! With the kindly advice that I have been able to try today I have much better results.
Life-is-plastic, I haven't yet had the time to alter the bowls, but I intend to and thanks for the suggestion.
Ok This time other than resizing, cropping, and the "CJD" stamp, there is NO post production, no colour changes! no brightness/contrast/exposure changes!
This time I used the camera's manual white balance instead of the auto white balance. Upon the advice from the photo store, I used an 18% grey card to set it.
Also I found Incred's kewl little +- button on my camera. Thanks Incred for introducing it to me! I'll be using it all the time now when ever I use the studio lights.
I set up the studio in the den where there is more room to space the lights out further and vary their placements, which helped greatly.
Though I still have a lot to figure out about light positioning I think I'm off to a good start.
For a "base setting" I placed the main light High and to Sandy's right. another was placed to her left, lower and further away from her than the main light. the accent light was placed low and far, slightly off center to Sandy's right, except for 2 photos where it was placed to Sandy's far right and low. I placed it as far away as I could, but it was still too close as its glare washes over the image in the 2 photos.
Ok to the photos, the first 3 show the same photo. first is with the studio lights and flash ( the flash over powers the lights ), the second is with the studio lights only and AWB as in my previous set, and the third is with the studio lights and using the manual white balance.
The next 5 are all photos taken with Sandy in various outfits, using the studio lights and using manual white balance:
This one I used the image where I set the +- to minus 2 clicks.
+- button set to minus 1 click. IMHO best colours on that dress yet!
+- button not adjusted. accent light placed to reveal the "See thoroughness" of her dress.
+- button set minus 2 clicks. again accent light set as in the previous photo.
+- button not adjusted. IMHO skin tones turned out beautiful!
Next thing I need to try is to lock the shutter speed at a faster rate, so long as the aperture can open up more. because even on the tripod (not the strongest of tripods) and hands off the camera, (shutter set on a timer) some photos came out blurrier than others.