Hi all. I was reading an article in February's Practical Photography magazine written by David Noton when, while "contemplating exposure modes" he stated the following: As a newcomer I'm aware that there are times when Shutter Priority and Aperture Priority are absolutely essential in order to "force" a particular setting on the camera in order to achieve the desired effect, and I am trying to use them more and more as I gain a fuller understanding of when I need to use them, why I need to use them and most importantly - how! (I've got a notepad in my camera bag where I've started noting down shutter speeds and f/numbers for particular effects, taken from Hints'n'Tips sections of magazines and the very helpful posts on this site) But having read Ken Rockwell's user guide for the D40 here he gives an awful lot of detail about setting up the camera in Program mode in order to get the best out of the camera. He even states that he shoots in this mode most often. I have followed Ken's guide and do use Program mode for general shooting unless I am shooting in conditions (or for a result) that dictate using another mode. Is using Program mode "cheating"? Is it for Plonkers? Discuss.