As I worked my way through the details, I came across quite a few resources that I would like to share with you. Some were mentioned previously; and some are to give you ideas and information far beyond anything I could tell you!
Basic Digital Photography.com--"Your Personal Guide to Digital Photography"--equipment reviews, tutorials on shooting, editing, organizing your photos.
DigitalCameraInfo.com--Camera reviews and ratings, by brand and by type.
Lensmodern--Online photographic handling agency, beautiful images.
PBase--Browse images and galleries, see photograph and camera information. If you are considering a particular camera, see what kinds of photos people are taking with that model.
Photo Editing Software--All are programs available online--basic versions of all but iPhoto and Photoshop are free.
GIMP, the GNU Image Manipulation Program
Photofocus, a blog by Scott Bourne (recommended in one of the comments on this blog by The Fabulous Penguin). It's full of useful tips and lessons.
Photo.net--images, critiques, discussions, and tutorials.
Pioneer Woman Photography--Tutorials from Ree Drummond, with clear, easy-to-understand explanations and lots of excellent photograph examples. Ree runs contests every once in a while and the entries are really something to see! Great prizes, too.