Once again...thank you for the information. I can't wait to test this. I have lit people for years with either a softbox to one side at about 20 degrees off the camera, or an umbrella up and to the right or left, about 30 degrees off the camera but pretty far away from the subject, thinking that the further it is, the softer the light is.
Could I email you a photograph or two of what I've done for your critique and suggestions? I am becoming more and more interested in portraiture and, honestly, I'm just eating up what you are sharing here.
PS What's the difference in light from a softbox versus an umbrella?