A lot of people say it`s best to shoot in raw to maintain flexibility over things like white balance. So in the spirit of experimentation, I now have a couple memory cards full of raw images. Now, I have to get the photos onto my computer and am wondering what step I need to take next. There seems to be a lot of talk about raw converters, but most of what I`ve read is aimed at people who have a good idea of what those programs are, why we use them, what they do, etc. I have a Nikon D40. Currently three days into a Lightroom trial. I`ll try Aperture after that to decide which, if either, to buy. So I`m looking for some plain-English information on raw converters in general so I can start thinking about the best way to upload that 4gig of photos onto my computer. Is this going to cost me more money? Upgrading from point and shoot is quite a steep learning curve!