Blake C, I don't know if you're still around or not, but what folks have mentioned about larger light sources and the diffusers are giving you some good info and advice. Even though you put a diffuser on your flash it is still a small light source, the only way to begin to get softer lighting is to increase the size of the light source. You can do that by bouncing off a wall or ceiling or by using a large light modifier like a softbox, umbrella, or large reflector. Below are a couple shots of a *really* cheap light modifier...the chicken was excellent!!! Also an image taken using this light modifier.