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Most of the photography on my websites were taken in natural light but sometimes artificial light is needed. Artificial light is sufficiently difficult to use that most people avoid it beyond using their pop-up flash.
While pop-up flash can result in some amazing success, usually bare pop-up flash leads to more issues than it solves, including red-eye.
The important question to ask is what are you going to use flash for. Flash should be used in poorly lit circumstances indoors, backlit subjects out-of-doors, and in most macro photography, poor light defined as requiring noisy ISOs and low shutter speeds. It can also be defined as circumstances where the light does not go where you want it to e.g. on the face of your subject. Sometimes flash is used to stop motion, as the artificial light has a very short duration. If you really want to get into flash then the place to go and learn about it is the Strobist (see link on my site).
Using flash on animals (e.g. some of my beavers on SmugMug were shot with flash), insects, bugs, some birds has proven rewarding. However, for me it is a last resort. Most of my insect and bug shots are with flash. However, I would much rather work with the natural light if possible and be able to focus on my subject and less on the technology. It is debatable if the flash helped or hurt the photograph above.
Getting to the point where your use of flash compliments your photography is probably going to take some effort, however much less than the days of Weegee and flashbulbs, but nonetheless there is a learning curve. (…to be continued)