Still can't get decent photo colors which is frustrating. I sure am having a good time doing this. It just feels good to do.
I got one of these color cards, as recommended by Vicki Welsh although I can't find the post where she talks about it. Anyway, I took a photo with the color card and adjusted the color in Picasa. I think I am supposed to put the color card to the side. I think it helped with the colors.