Cool! Yeah, practice makes perfect, but I would like to make sure that I know about lining up shots, exposure, aparature, etc.... before trying to take pictures. I want to make sure that I am doing the right thing instead of wondering "why do these pictures look so terrible all of the time?" lol
I usually set my camera to Av/Tv mode, that way you only really have to worry about one or the other plus the ISO, but just remember higher ISO = more sensitive to light, but more grain.. it wont be perfect all the time, but it works.. manual focus is a pain if you dont get it spot on but.. auto focus exists for a reason!