speedlight and unnatural skin tone

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  1. Heitz

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    Hey, shot a family member's baby shower today (just for fun/practice - no expectations). Anyway, it was my first time using the SB-700 for an extended period of time in a room with a really high ceiling. So I couldn't bounce. I went direct with a diffuser and sometimes held it off camera high left. I feel like skin tones were washed out a bit. Should I have been gelling instead of diffuser? Any other comments appreciated. Example below. Thanks dudes.

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    Did you have the WB settings on camera as flash? How about bouncing the light on a white reflector?
     
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    shot in RAW; white balance doesn't seem to be the problem. A reflector wouldn't have worked in this small venue whilst remaining unobtrusive. Hence the diffuser.
     
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    How big was the diffuser?
     
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    It was just the little diffuser that came with the sb-700. not a softbox or anything. sparky, do you agree that the skin tones look a bit bright?
     
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    It looks bright because it's slightly overexposed to me. If you're speaking of the built-in diffuser on the flash, that's really just for when you use a ultra-wide-angle lens. You may want to try something like this.
     
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    Not the diffuser that is attached to the flash, but the frosted plastic dome that came with it and attaches as a separate piece. Is that not a diffuser? Love the idea of a flash bender; going to hit up the photography store tomorrow and try that out. Thanks!
     
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    I usually just add a little warmth in post processing to compensate for the cool light of the flash.
     
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    How high were the ceilings? And what was your ISO on?

    Unless the ceilings were like 60 feet, you probably could have bounced flash on ISO 400-800.
     
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    Yea ceilings were that high, and were also colored red. ISO was set to 400-500.
     
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    Oh, well if they're colored red... That changes everything.

    **** that. :lmao:
     
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    Hahaha. Yea at least I'm not asking 'hey why does everyone look bloody?'
     

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