Are you guys using a diffuser on your flashes or not? I'm just using the flip-out plastic diffuser that's built into my flash and then bouncing off the ceiling at around a 60 degree angle. I'm thinking about picking up a Sto-fen to fit on the flash and use it full time. I used to use the Gary Fong Lightsphere full time and liked the results, but haven't used for a while.
Think the Stofen will diffuse the light enough to soften the shadows inside and still provide good bounced lighting?
If you bounce it you don't need a diffuser - it will only rob you of light. Bouncing is the key to avoiding harsh shadows. I have very mixed thoughts on the sto-fen. It turns your flash into a bare bulb which can be effective with small rooms and low ceilings. It does NOT soften light otherwise because it doesn't change the size of the light source in relationship to the subject. Only an umbrella/soft box or bouncing from a wall or ceiling can do that. And most rooms aren't big enough to put an umbrella where you want it and keep it out of the shot.