I am addicted to taking tons of pictures. Mostly of my daughter but also of scenery and dogs or whatever. My digital camera is a point and shoot camera so you can't do much to make the pictures special. I use to use Kodaks software to touch up my prints because well I have a Kodak camera. However, I have since discovered the best free software for touching up prints. It is Picasa2! I took some pictures at the Disney on Ice show and we were pretty high up but with Picasa I zoomed in and the pics turned out great. I did this picture with both Picasa and Kodak and the one with Kodak distorted the picture and made it all fuzzy and this one is crystal clear.
I also love that when you take pictures and you want to actually see textures there is a sharpen button that will let you actually see blades of grass or hair on skin or whatever. This picture was taken from a pretty good distance. I zoomed in and used the sharpen button and you can actually see the ripples in the water. It really brings the picture to life.
I could go on and on about the different things you can do with this program. There is a glow button that just brightens it all up and a soft focus button that blurs the edges around whatever part of the picture you want.
If you like to play with pictures give this a try. It is actually through google and it is totally free. It does take long to make a simple picture look great!