So you wanna be a photog?

I have a passion for photography.  My little brother went and got himself a fancy-shmancy degree in photography, but as I'm broke, I just do it for fun. Here's a little taste of my recent work:
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I use a digital camera to take my photos, a Kodak M863. It's kinda old and tiny, but it has a lot of functions that I love.

I use a variety of photo editing software on my PC, because each one has something I like.  I use:

Picasa is probably my favorite, because it does almost everything I need. Plus, it's free. There's nothing like free.

Kodak EasyShare is another good one, but I don't think it's free

Photo Editor that comes with Windows Vista

MS Paint (a wikiHow article on how to use it)

Over the years, there have been lots of programs I've loved but sadly lost when I did a necessary OS upgrade, like Adobe Photoshop.  I just don't have the money to update my version.