I have a Canon T2i and lately I have been struggling to get decent shots of my girls indoor, my house really doesn't have the light and the weather is getting a bit chilly for outdoor shots. Are there any hints you ladies have to share on using the built in flash?
Honestly- I don't have any advice, other than don't. I know that sounds harsh, but I have never heard of good shots with the built in flash. It makes it look snapshotty. I use mine only if it is a moment that i don't have time to get everything out.
I know a few ladies here have the LightScoop and I have heard good reviews about it. I finally purchased an external flash and I am glad I did just for those quick snaps at home.
I haven't got much choice but to use a built-in flash with my P&S indoors (most of the time, unless it's super sunny out), but with your camera, have you tried upping the ISO some? With the larger sensor and a higher ISO, even if you get a little noise and have to run it through noiseware, it's better than using the built-in flash.
I do use the flash sometimes (like on Halloween) when I have no choice, but there's just no doubt it seriously adversely affects the look of the image.
Like Sadie said, you could check into Lightscoop. (I've also seen a pretty interesting looking hot shoe flash recently that is a lot more affordable than a Speedlite, but I can't recall the name of it. I'd have to go to the store that advertised it to check it out.)
I agree, increase ISO first, and aperture....but for times when you do really need flash, I highly recommend the Lightscoop or other type of diffuser for on-board flashes! I have the Lightscoop and it's great!!!