@David - nice matchbox, thanks a bundle. Get well soon.
@Trish - very nice floor you’ve put the matchbox on.
@Roygee - you’re making progress. Though IBL is the easiest way to light a scene (most of the time anyway), I wouldn’t start with it. Just stick with the sun for outdoor scenes until you got the hang of sky colour, haze and clouds. That’ll keep you busy for a moment.
Speaking of HDRI reminds me that I’ve been working the last week to debug and finish my simple HDRI tone-mapping program I started last September, and write up the documentation. It only takes 3 minutes to tone-map a 450 Mpx 96-bit file to a 24-bit one. It is free and can be found on my website (see sig) under Bryce Documents > Programs > Light.