This is why I love Picasa:
It takes a photo like this:
And turns it into a photo like this:
All using a very simple interface with a few light balance options, a crop tool and some retouching.
I recognize, however, that it has huge limitations. Someday, I hope I discover them and have no choice but to move up to Lightroom or even Photoshop. (Though… I’m not exactly a fan of Adobe…)