Is the program GIMP worth playing with? I have never used anything to clean up or manipulate photo's before, I think I am ready to try. I am only playing with point and shoot cameras, and have always taken my photo's at face value. I have captured some really nice pics that may be worthy of a pro touch, so I would like to try. I just don't want to pop a lot of money yet till I see how serious I am.
I have seen some spectacular photo's on this site. Were they shot the way they are published, or are they cleaned up?
Depending how involved I get, may lead me to a nice DSLR as I am sitting on the fence at the moment.
Any advice is welcome, I am not photo tech savy, so simplicity is key.