Is anyone using software to manage their collection of images?
I currently use Apple's Aperture software to manage my portfolio and also to perform basic manipulation such as white balancing when using flash, exposure adjustment, etc.
A friend of mine uses Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and is really keen on this combination.
I'm considering whether to upgarde to the latest version of Aperture, or to move to Lightroom and Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements).
I have not come accross Gimp. Paint.net is another free download and is pretty good.http://www.getpaint.net/ I have achieved some good results with it, currently am experimenting with the cloning tool. Takes ages, but again it is possible to render a promising image into something pretty stunning. The tablecloth was black and white, and really detracted from the pretty decoration. Didn't quite pick up the right shade, but it's hard to notice.
Long term Photoshop user here.
I still remember the days when Photoshop scared the hell out of me but now I think 'in Photoshop' while shooting pictures.
Although expensive, the on-line community of Photoshoppers, tutorials and videos available must make it the easiest software to learn.