I've started using GIMP to alter my photographs. To get high-resolution images of my art, in the past I've had to get them scanned at FedEx. But now, I can simply take my crappy digital photos and touch-up the levels to get the colors back to true.
GIMP is a free graphics manipulation program that I have been having a lot of fun getting acquainted with. I never really got into Photoshop and watching other people use it was dizzying. GIMP has been a less intimidating introduction to the world of digital graphics and I'm pretty excited to learn more.
thaaaaaaaat's more like it.
Artistically, I haven't had much "professional" development since high school AP Art. Mostly I've just worked on my skills and techniques on my own or have taken cues and inspiration from others. But learning this new program has really rekindled my interest in seriously studying art. Hm.