As you can see the photo is starting to take some shape. The next and final image is my final adjustments after I brought the RAW image into Photoshop Elements 6.
It really is not scary at all. If you are not shooting in RAW format you should really give it a try. If you can put your camera in JPEG + RAW, that way if you find you dont like working the RAW image, you still have the JPEG and did not lose the shot.
If your camera cannot shoot in RAW format, that is unfortunate. I have heard there are some point and shoots beginning to support RAW. Then again you may just be happy as a lark with JPEG. In that case dont sweat it...keep on clickin!!