I'm a newbie here and to photography. I just purchased my Pentax K-X with the dual lens setup: 18-55mm, 55-300mm IIRC. This is my first DSLR. I've used a point and shoot prior but have never really studied photography. Over the past week I've spent some time getting familiar with using the manual settings. I've got a long way to go. Looks like there's some great info here and I've already learned a thing or two.
Welcome! You have one of the best starter kits available (just my opinion) and with the same kit (- the 55-300) I have learned so much about photography, with help from this forum, in the past 7 months and am still learning. Do not hesitate to ask if you cannot find the answer. Enjoy!