Lastolite have recently launched the Ezybox - Hotshoe which is a collapsible softbox that you can use with a speedlite turning your battery operated flashgun into a studio light, albeit a small one. If you have used flash you will know how harsh it can be and a softbox does just what it sounds like, it softens the light to give more pleasing results which is useful for most kinds of photography from still life to macro, portraits and small groups etc.
I have often been asked to take photo's of people by friends and family but have never really felt that comfortable doing it because I didn't have the equipment to take the kind of portrait shots that I wanted to take. Up until now I've always 'just' used either natural light or flash along with a reflector and you can certainly get some fantastic results using just that but I wanted to do a bit more than that so I've built myself a small home studio. Here is how I did it.