I need to prepare myself to photograph for my Mom's birthday dinner, and it will be in restaurant, night. My setup is Canon 30D, with Canon external flash 430. In the past, I normally uses bounched from ceiling, and set Shutter speed/Apperture to 60/f5.6. I recently got a flash diffuser (3rd party equivalent of Gary Fong Light Dome), I thought that would eliminate variability in the ceiling height/color.
Since this event is quite important for me personally, I would like some Pro expert advice on what camera setting should I set for optimum result. Hope to create a 'natural look' in the final result, and most of the shoot will be group photos, table photos, with occasional candid/protrait. What would be the optimum setting you would suggest, here is what I will try:
My setting with Light Dome pointing upwards:
Shutter Speed: 60
Flash setting: Full output, ETTL
Lesn: Most likely 17-55 f2.8 IS
Any suggestion/input would be helpful.