I'm going to pause the gemstone blogs for a post to tell you about this great little gem of an image editor I saw mentioned in the ArtFire forums. It's called Sagelight . I have found this to be a great editor. It's super easy for me to use, and if it's easy for me, then it should be easy for everybody. It's really user friendly. It isn't one of the free editors like I blogged about at the end of last year, but right now, it's on sale for $39.95. That price is good until the end of May while the creator of this gem does some tweaking and upgrades with some of the functions.
I went to the above link and read about it, then downloaded the 30 day free trial. Before two weeks was up, I couldn't wait to get it. Here is a link that shows you some of the results you can get using Sagelight. I get very useful information from the blog, and these YouTube tutorials are a dream for somebody who is moderately technically challenged. You will see references to Lightroom which I have seen mentioned on photography forums. It's a Photoshop program that goes for $89. I have looked at it-didn't like what I knew would be a massive learning curve for me and let it go.
What is it about this program that has me sounding like an infomercial? The controls are easy to use-you can see them without searching for them. You can line up the shot you are editing with the original one so you can see what you are doing.
This program is truly worth checking out. If nothing else, download the 30 day free trial and play with it. I doubt if you regret it and I would bet that you will seriously consider buying it. You won't go wrong if you do.