A question for anyone new to photography. How many of you really read the manual and practice the various functions / effects ? I wonder in this age of computers and forums if reading and TRULY trying to understand photography is a dying art. All too often the forums are full of questions demanding a simple direct answer to a narrow spectrum question. In the old days we learnt photography as a COMPLETE subject. It seems now that people are saying "My problem is x , give me a quick 5 second fix" Trying to isolate one tiny aspect is not the way to do it. Photography is like medicine. A cardiologist deals with your heart, but he / she needs a thorough understanding of all the systems of the body. Many things are inter connected with a knock on effect on each other.