I know a lot of people love photoshop and I know why they do. For a newbie, coming from a computer technician, I would reccomend Microsoft Picture It Premium. For ease of use it is great, I use it to digital scrapbook, and it is a great way to learn what you like and dislike in a program, before you go all out for the one you want to move up to.
If you are using a PC it should have come with this as a package deal. It comes with Microsoft Works which is an entire software bundle for home users unlike Microsoft Office.
As a scrapper I know there are better programs out there but what you are asking for is an easy program to use until you learn what you need to.
As a Computer Technician I recomend Picture It simply because you shouldn't have to buy it and it is the jumping off place for pictures and new users.
If you bought a Mac setup you should have great software options for free included with the computer as well. If you don't go to their web site and look at your options for free download as they have many.
Photoshop Elements will work with either Mac or PC if you choose this option. Okay now that I just went all tech geek on you I will go back to what I was doing. Good Luck.