Hey guys, I've recently started taking interest in photography...not that I wanna become a pro or anything. I bought an Olympus C5060 and I'm still breaking into it with the various aperture, shutter, and exposure settings. Anyways, I really want to improve on taking portrait shots i.e. photographing people. One of my friends is coming over this weekend so I can practice shooting her. She wants to make a modelling portfolio so I thought maybe I'd experiment shooting her. I've read a few posts about softbox and such. As far as lighting goes, I'm quite clueless and I understand lighting makes a huge difference. My studio is 12ft x 12ft. The background is white on all sides and there are 2 lights on the cieling... I've noticed the emphasis on using a softbox as opposed to using the flash for a softer touch and to avoid harsh lights (2d vs 3d) Is there anything I can do to substitute softboxes? I can control the flash settings on the camera so would it be alright to maybe use the available lighting in conjunction with a reduced flash setting? Thanks!