I write a lot about using Photoshop and it’s come to my attention that not everybody either has this program or can use it with any ease. The good news is that there are some very good alternatives out there, and the best news of all is that some of the best are free.
A couple of years ago I taught digital photography to a group of children ranging in ages from 10 to 18 (all at the same time). It was a three-day workshop, at the end of which a small book was produced. What amazed parents the most was the creative output of the children and what they had done with their images. The program we used was Picasa, which is offered free by Google. This program is not only easy to use but also excellent at organizing your pictures. It’s made for people who know very little about photo editing software and for most people it’s also all they need.
This image was converted to black and white, warmed toned and cropped using Picasa.