Late night, so I won’t be able to do this justice, but Thursday’s hot pick is the free LightBox image-editing program.

Picasa has a “fill light” slider, that lets you show things that are in the shadows.  It works at the expense of blowing out all the lighter colors.

Lightbox has a “Smart fill light” slider, that puts light in the shadows without turning the already-light things into blinding white.

Examples Friday, maybe.