Whilst much of the software that I use is freeware I have one piece of photo editing software that I do pay for, Photoshop Elements or PSE as it widely written. I received a version of PSE2 bundled with a camera that I purchased in about 2003, updated to PSE3 when it became available, then PSE5 and yesterday splashed out for PSE9.
Initial install gave me a fright when a message came on screen saying that the product key was invalid but after entering the same number again it accepted it and all was fine. The colours of the program are dark compared to PSE5 and I think I prefer version 5 on this but no real issue. After importing my 22618 image files into the Organizer I noticed many showed as missing links, ran reconnect missing files a couple of times and all is well.
The two things which I really like with this are the speed of scrolling with the Organizer as PSE5 was diabolically slow and the fact that PSE9 supports Photoshop Actions or .atn files which allow you to automate repetitive editing processes.
Obviously I have had little chance to use it yet but see no reason as to why it will not be another valuable photographic tool.
To my mind there is a vast difference between a photograph and a snapshot.
A photograph is made, the photographer has a vision for the image in mind and sets about creating it. Waiting for the right light or weather conditions and often visiting the scene several times to get it just right.
A snapshot on the other hand is taken as the opportunity arises, often with minimal thought. It is what we do on holiday, when out with family, it aids us in remembering those moments long past.
Having said that, many snapshots are perfect, just like the postcard, whilst some photographs, despite the time and effort, look like a hurried snapshot.
I take mainly snapshots, but occasionally, I get a beautiful photograph.