Its my daughters birthday today and we are going out for dinner with family to a restaurant with high ceilings, too high to bounce off, off camera flash is not an option, so I thought I would check out some DIY diffusers for my strobe, which I did and the simplest soloution I found was a frosted plastic bottle placed over the strobe. Found the perfect bottle, cut to fit, tidied it up and tried it out, seems to work really well, but I am a real noob when it comes to using strobes to be honest, first thing I noticed was that the white balance was more accurate with the DIY diffuser than without, less colour cast from the ceiling is my guess. So I set up a reasonably controlled experiment, same grumpy child, same expression, same in camera settings (full manual), hotshoe-flash on TTL. Background was about 4 feet behind. So my question is this, for the actual lighting which do you prefer and why? Remember this is about lighting, shadow and contrast, not colour cast, my poor composition or the "im over it" expression, lol. This is also about shooting on the fly indoors, no tripods, no off camera lights strobes etc, keeping it simple. Personally in this case I actually prefer the middle one.