I don't mean Flash animation software. Though I subscribe to usability guru Nielsen's opinion on this.
I mean flash photos. It seems flash kills the mood of photos. So I've made a point of trying to photograph without it. The problem: I can't keep still when I click. So my shots are mostly blurry.
Examples with our point-and-shoot camera:
See, flash is bad:
But no flash means blurry photos:
These are a bit better, but still blurry:
My solution for the moment with our more advanced Canon 350D EOS Rebel camera is to avoid using the zoom, or to increase film speed to 1600 iso. Here are some I took yesterday (a friend going to France asked me for a photo of the pack of decaf coffee I asked her to bring back to me). But they still seem a little blurry.
100 iso, focal length 18 mm:
1600 iso, focal length 55 mm, white balance "cloudy":
I also discovered the impact of fiddling with the white balance: the previous one was set on "cloudy", whereas this one is set on "fluorescent". (800 iso, focal length 45 mm, white balance "fluorescent")