Hi Norm, yes I forget how new someone may be to digital photography. I'm very new to the form but I've been playing with photos for a while now.
Take what ever little program you have and play with the colors, brightness etc on your photos and see what you can do with them. Always do it with a save version, not the original as you can definitely degrade the photo and come out with something you don't really want, so keep the original away somewhere. Gimp is a free photo editing system much like Photoshop but if you are not a computer junky it will take some time to learn but it's certainly doable, but you can start by playing with what ever program came with your camera or you have on your pc now.
Most professional photographers today will tell you that taking pictures is the fun part and the least of their work, most of the time though, is spent on computer editing programs (often referred to as the digital darkroom) running their base photos through their developing work load. A digital photo is developed through editing, much like a film slide had to be in film days to bring out the best of what the camera gives you. Once you get good with editing software you can set up presets for a set of photos taken in the same lighting, put them through it in a batch process and then only tweak the gems in the batch, at least that's how I do it, but there is many different styles and takes to Post processing also.
Editorial and journalistic photography is more knowing the camera, setting it for the current conditions, and having the timing and settings right when you snap the button and very little PP (post processing). Artistic, landscape, portrait, takes more timing, framing, knowing what you can do in post and then PP to make it how you saw it. I'm not a professional,though I do contribute to a couple of stock sites, in case you wondered, but it's been an 8 hour a day hobby for the past 7 years with lots of reading and learning for me since I left my work and started traveling with my husband. He works, i take pictures or sit at a computer playing with them, and occasionally do paid shoots or work on contract. I can have almost as much fun playing with a photo and trying to make it what I want as I can taking them and since 80% of the day is poor lighting for photos (outside) there's times to play.
Norman B wrote in post #13420584
Ah, Thanks. I didn't make the connection to film and that explains it. I have a tiny little bit of experience in a dark room and know that learning how to take the film out of the canister and put it on the spool in a light bag takes some skill to learn. The rest for a basic course was pretty easy.