Sorry I've been neglecting ya'all in blogland. It's a confluence of events: a friend visiting (and then getting "stuck" here because of all the cancelled flights to Europe), a new camera and new imaging software, as well as the prior research into those purchases.
Photoshop Elements 8 is kicking my you-know-what. I'm pleased with what I can do and yet frustrated by what I still can't. I've been working for hours to cleanly get rid of the modem in this picture with Lily but have not yet figured it out - it all looks too fake. Who knew having fun could be this much work.
On the positive side, the camera is turning out some great photos. I just need to become a much better photographer. I got an entry-level digital SLR on the theory that I can take photos of my quilts good enough for publication. Of course so far I've just used it for cats (darn this thing focuses slow) and Miami Beach (more of that in a separate post).
Good thing my husband is an awfully good sport - I got the camera for his birthday. And the software. And the books to figure out both...