PC Magazine has a useful guide to taking your digital camera off automatic.
David Sifry’s 2007 guide to buying a digital camera still gives good guidelines, although the particular models he recommends are of their day.
ABetterBounceCard.com tells you how to use a piece of paper to vastly improve the results of flash photos. (via Tim Bray) And here’s a way to make a diffuser for your built-in popup flash. (I haven’t tried it.) Here’s one for $20, which I also have not tried.