Like many of us, I take a lot of photos. Some of them are great and many go straight to the trash bin on my Mac. And some of them start out looking like trash bin waiting to happen but turn into a great shots, thanks to my photo editing software.
The program I use is so simple it's ridculous - I-Photo. It comes included with Macs.
In the old days, you aimed your camera, clicked, and whatever was on the end of the lens was what you got. Of course, digital photography is a whole other world. You can download whatever you take and make adjustments that greatly enhance the quality of the shot.
By straightening and cropping, you can do a lot. There are also functions that let you sharpen up the image and mess with the lighting, contrast, de-noise and little touchups that can remove blemishes of any type.
Then there is Photoshop, which is the favorite of the professional photographers on Evers & Company's staff. There is a lot more you can do with Photoshop, but it's a lot more complicated to use - in other words, um, it doesn't pass the Pat Test. This is a professional program that can pick up your clients' childrens' toys off the floor. If have good camera equipment and you do take the time to master Photoshop, the listing photos you take will be more likely to grab buyers' imaginations and lure them inside.
In reading over a lot of the photo blogs here on Active Rain, I'm seeing agents with great new cameras, and while they are taking photos that look better than their old ones, you need a combination of skills for both taking photos and for editing them.