Ok, I'll admit this is probably an ignorant question. I'm totally brand new to photography and waiting my first non point and shoot in the mail right now. I've been looking at some of the beautiful photos on these forums. They are awesome. But I'm wondering, a good handful look like they've been brightened up with pretty colors and effects from Photoshop or similar programs. Is that cheating? I mean can't I take any old average photo and make it look pretty neat with software? I don't know.....not trying to insult anyone because I truly don't know what I'm talking about but I figured I'd ask to see what you more experienced photographers think about this. Thanks for your input.