I was on the Nikonians forum this morning, and there was a post from guy about my age (early 20's) regarding the program modes on dSLR's. He said that despite his knowledge of photography, having used everything from fully manual film, to digital P&S to a D40 he often uses the programmed modes on the camera, but always feels guilty when he does. I admit that my camera is primarily set to aperture priority as I rarely need to change shutter speed, but sometimes I get lazy and use the portrait or landscape settings. I always feel guilty when I do this, like I'm suddenly not worthy of a dSLR. I also worry because one day I intend to upgrade to a D200 (or equivalent) which has no programmed settings, and if I'm not comfortable with manual then I'll have a steep learning curve ahead of me. I was just wondering, out of curiosity, how do others feel about this? Are programmed modes cheating, and is the dreaded green "auto" setting totally off limits to "real" photographers?