Originally Posted by Chris
Great advice. A flash is great if you want to document something - a close-up of wear on a guitar, just getting a good shot of the action at a party somewhere, whatever.
If on the other hand you're trying to do something "artistic," then a flash will 9 times out of 10 take all the depth out of a picture - everything is either way in the foreground or dark.
Also, the biggie I guess is (as I learned when I bought a good camera and first tried to learn how to use it) the camera is only half the battle - blocking out a good shot is the hardest part. As long as you have a camera with enough zoom range to control what will and will not be in a shot, then you should be able to take good shots if you have a good sense of proportion. A DSLR is nice, but won't automatically make you a photo-god.
This is why most of my pictures suck.