Photography in this day in age is only half camera. The rest is software. Here are the software tools I plan to acquire and use this month:
Adobe Lightroom Version 3 - There is a version 4, but version 3 gives me everything I need for about $100 less. This sofware will allow me to manipulate RAW format photographs and gives you incredible color control.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 - Again, stepping down from Elements 10. Version 9 gives me more that what I'll every use. Elements is stepped down from the full Adobe Photoshop package and cost about 1/4 as much. This software allows you to stitch photos for backdrops and add scenic affects such as smoke to a locomotive.
Helicon Focus - this digital imaging software allows incredible depth of field by stacking multi-focused photos. It is now a much for model train close up photography. One year license is $30, and there is a free trial.