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I'm also very new to post processing as well. What kind of post processing is the most common that is usually done to the photos? Your shots all look like the type that are pulled straight out of a magazine. I've always been a bit naive thinking that the beautiful photos I see from photographer's blog looked the way they do straight out of their DSLR with no processing or photoshop done.
All film must be developed, then printed. In the same way, your digital images must be "developed" and then adapted to the output medium. Post-processing is part of the, ahem, process. A number of corrections are done along the way, and there are also manipulations you can make to change what was on the negative itself. The question is not whether or not to process -- you always process your images if you want good quality -- but how radical are the changes you are willing to make. Some shooters prefer to change nothing but color, contrast, curves, and so on, while others will dramatically change the appearance of someone's weight, or add a missing tooth, or change out the sky, or whatever. I know of one photographer who doesn't even use the victim's (sorry, subject's) real eyes!
You need to learn your own preferences in post-processing, and build your skills as well. But you need to do both, so you'll know what it is that you are willing to do and interested in doing, and then how to execute it well.
No hijacking intended. And welcome to FM, Mike.