Hello all, This is my first post here, but i have been in Photography for about 4 years now. Most of that time has been outdoor landscape photography. However a few days ago i tried taking some photos at my great uncles birthday party in a really nice banquet hall. This was a good opportunity to use bounce flash for my first time. My hot shoe flash has i-TTL (Nikon) and a swivel head on it. The problem i was having is that some of my pictures would come out very nice, and very soft well lit skin tones, but others would be super dark, like there was no flash at all. My question is how would other photographers on this site set the settings on there camera to best deal with this lighting situation. What metering mode would you use? How would you set your auto-focus? When using the bounce flash do you angle it straight up or angle it slightly at the person? Do you use manual flash zoom or automatic zoom mode on the flash unit? Please feel free to mention any other settings that i didnt specifically ask for to! In this situation i was using: Nikon D3000 with AF-S 18-55mm lens, and my sunpak PZ42X flash unit. Thanks to everyone in advance!