i have flashophobia. the first thing i do when i pick up my camera is check the flash is disabled. i love my all-manual slr in large part because it has no flash. no available light, no pictures for me. which is a bit silly, considering i live in not the sunniest part of the world and take a lot of my pictures indoors.
part of my plan for revamping the blog was to pay more attention to my pictures, take some time to think more about photography in general. and i'm sure that stepping (tentatively) into the world of artificial lighting is probably the biggest improvement i can make at the moment, particularly where the blog is concerned.
bingo, right on cue i'm directed to strobist, in particular the lighting 101 and $10 macro photo studio. there's also a busy flickr group, although at first glance it seems a bit kit-tastic.