So, I have been doing a lot of shooting and reading and learning and am now pretty comfortable in manual mode. I haven’t had the chance to get up to the mountains and do any landscapes yet but I have been doing a lot of people, pets and starting to get into still life’s (at least thats what we called it in art school drawing class where you set up a bunch of objects artistically and draw them) A friend of mine has a pair of speed lights and she let me try them and that was awesome!!! Is that a good place for me to start? A pair of speedlights and softbox/umbrella? It will be winter soon here in Colorado and I am anticipating shooting indoors a lot more and want to have what I need for it. I would like to get some cool shots of some of my mech mods (vaping) and toys/collectibles, rocks/stones and whatever other shiny or colorful objects I find as well as my loved ones friends and family.... I figure it is a good way to build some skills during the winter months when the weather is too poor to go outside. I use all Nikon gear... specifics are in my signature. Currently, I just have my camera and lenses and no lighting equipment or flashes beyond the one built into my d3400. I’d like to spend under $1000 for my first lighting setup. I appreciate all of your experience and knowledge. Thanks in advance.