Thanks Turbinator! This post has me reading my Canon T1i manual in detail. I think I can make my adjustments similar to replicate yours for the Nikon. The light box will be a fun weekend project with my little ones for help.
My Canon manual doesn't do a good job describing what the effect of say changing the shutter speed up or down does or the aperture for example. Do you have a cheap reference or book that I might purchase that would really benefit a novice?