I read quite a few blogs that cover a variety of topics. Photography blogs, health blogs, writing blogs, and reading blogs take about half of what I read. The other half are personal blogs that I could pigeonhole into sub-categories; I choose not to do so.
Months ago, I read an entry on someone's photo blog, LeggNet's Digital Capture, that people need to re-think how they take digital pictures. Those of us old enough to remember or to have some experience with film know that the negatives were developed in the dark room. The final product was the printed photo. We should start thinking of that thumbnail you see on the screen of the digital camera like a negative. It is not ready to share with others. The photographer, professional or amateur, must develop it, although process is a better word. Rich Legg, at the link above, displays the same image with and without enhancement.
I use Picasa, a free program. I have an open software version of Photoshop, but I do not have the time to learn it. Picasa is easy. Using it, the photographer can enhance the colors, change the brightness, darken the shadows, sharpen the image, and a few of the more popular photo editing tools. Even if you are only trying to reach your family and friends with images of your children, take the time to enhance your photos. You'll notice the difference, and you family will appreciate the effort.