Thanks for your compliments.
Landscapes are wonderful, I did those in my younger years, and have been thinking about getting back into it. My new house is set in a pretty picturesk area, I could just walk out on my balcony and take a few shots, but unfortunatly I haven't found that spefic center mark or angle that allows me to like enough to take an image... I'm working on it.
I used to use the standard 35mm cameras I have 3 different ones of those. But we've had a nice Sony digital cam for a couple years now and I use that most the time. Mainly just because film and film development is too expensive for me right now.
All the one's on those pages were taken with the digital camera, but there was no effects added to them. Just straight from the camera, resized and that's it.
The Appilachion ones. I took a great deal of those while I was driving down the road. (I'm such a geek.) The road was too windy and narrow to pull over in most places.
Photoshop... I will say is one of the easier programs to learn how to use (I know that's not exactly comforting though.) And yes even on fast computers it can be bogged down! Very annoying.
Here are some good links you might want to check out. I don't know if you have an understanding of layers etc. But most of these have proper step by step instructions and with illustrations.Effect LabEyeball DesignPS Tutorials - More Basic706 PS TutorialsThe Web MachineWeb Design Koln
Those should keep you busy for a good long time, I'm talking months here, depending on how much free time you have to mess around.
But by the end you should have a firm grasp on the program.
If you want to talk more indepth about graphic issues, and also see some more work which will probably blow you away, you can check out this place. (PS: My name on there is TiDkWmFa)DBM Forum