Hello everyone, I'm very new to photography, and while this is only a hobby, I do strive to get better. I have to say, this place can be a very daunting place to start; but that's what I came here for! I've looked at many photographs here and for the most part, they leave me speechless. There is so much to learn here and I can't wait to dive head first into the more detailed threads to improve myself! I bet I could save myself a fortune on classes by just reading the tips from here. Truly an excellent site overall, and seemingly excellent members. So, like I said; I'm new. I use a Canon Rebel XSi with a 75-300 f/4-5.6 as well as a 50 mm f/1.8. I'm looking to be critiqued fairly hard, as I'm only looking to improve! Here we go; 1: This is a photo of my Grandfather, there has been post-photo contrast editing 2: This is of one of my grandfathers dog, Bear (again, contrast editing) 3: My flight to Vancouver 4: My cousin and his girlfriend shopping in Vancouver 5: My cousin and his girlfriend 6:My first and only HDR; I was wondering how everyone felt about post-photo editing such as contrast, saturation, etc. Is this considered bad form, or is it generally accepted as being part of the photography process? Thanks everyone!