So I am going to get my first SLR soon- I will be going on a 10 day trip to Israel and am really excited to finally get great pictures.. I have been reading a lot about shooting in manual because before now, I knew nothing but auto. My question is, when people are on vacation or just casually shooting, but I still want to have some control, what is the best mode to shoot in? In the beginning, should I start in just Aperture Priority, and then as I get more comfortable, switch to full manual? Or should I shoot in just full manual from the beginning? What do most people do? Also, I think the biggest draw to an SLR for me was the depth of field. For some reason, I just love the way the blurred background looks when taking pictures of people and subjects. I immediately can tell when a picture was taken with an slr- This is why i am more inclined to just shoot in aperture priority, that way I can adjust the aperture size to get the background more blurry. Am I correct with my assumption? (I know there is more to it than that, with shutter speed, ISO etc. but I feel like I should take baby steps?) Thanks!