I've come across a few comments here on TPF regarding what mode you "should" be shooting in; things like, 'when you get away from auto mode and start shooting in AV'.... I'm curious, what mode do you use in general while shooting, and why? Do you switch back and forth between them all? When I first began shooting with the object of creating something more than a snapshot, I learned on a camera that did not have automatic focus or other auto type modes (my father's Nikon F). Then when I aquired my first camera (the Rebel xs) I continued on with the manual mode and manual focus because: 1) it was what I was used to and, 2) I was too lazy to read the manual to find out what all the other modes were for. Since adding a digital Rebel to my collection I've continued to shoot in this way (though I did actually leaf through the manual this go around).