Hi tg1911. Been awhile since we last traded posts.!! I had a feeling that you might be the one that would reply to my post, seeing how active you in this forum.
Your reply is as always appreciated, but in this case, I'm looking for a "bit more". I've been photographing for many years, namely, wildlife, african tribes, landscapes etc - but, I was shooting with the ("old-fashioned..!!) SLR. So it's not so much the holding, steadying type of help I need, but more to do with "editing digital images" help.
I have Picasa, Adobe Photoshop "Album Starter Edition", MS Office Picture Manager, Paint, and Irfanview that you mentioned. I mainly use Picasa, but find it frustrating. Picasa does give options for "straightening" which is of course pretty helpfull. I think that the problem lies within the "editing software" stage. My biggest problem is how to deal with indoor shots, with plenty of natural light streaming in, but this causes blow-out, and therefore images with huge contrasts in light and shade. Taking even tone shots - how to edit shots that have areas lit by a shaft of sunlight that I find so hard to edit accordingly.
Often though, I have managed to end up with great results - but more often "not". It's really about the "settings" and then the editing that is most appropriate for taking pics that are for using on the web, such as Real Estate Agent's websites. I've attached a couple of shots that probably show what I'm attempting to describe.
The wall outside the kitchen always gives a glare such as in this photo. Is this editable??
A simple program for editing images, is IrfanView.
It can do basic color enhancement, sharpening, etc.
Did you use a tripod to take the images?
If you don't have one, try propping the camera against a tree, on a car, anything that will hold it steady.
Also, don't move the camera immediately after taking the image.
Keep it steady for a couple of seconds after you hit the shutter release, since it takes digitals a little longer to capture the image.
Be sure to slowly squeeze the shutter release, instead of snapping it, which tends to jerk the camera, causing a blurry image.