I am trying some new effects working with a Nikon speedlight SB-24. I took about 100 photos trying different combinations and had no luck. I did learn a little though so that is always good. My goal is to try to get some neat still life shots using my flash. I wrapped some paper towels over the flash to diffuse the light, and I also bounced light off of foamcore. Like I said I changed the flash so many ways and I never really got the light I was looking for. I guess I am just looking for a place to start with flash photography. I just don't want to turn my camera on automatic and take it with a flash because everything to me is over exposed. I did learn that RAW files are much lighter on the computer than on the back of my camera, and Jpegs look the same. I am using a nikon D80 with an speedlight sb-24. Thanks for any help that you guys can offer on getting soft lighting effects with a flash.