I agree 100%!!! I've had my camera for 2 years and the first year I was primarily on auto. But this year I don't recall using auto at all. THANKS to Katrina's ebook and her blog. I have become comfortable with manual mode as well. I have friends that talk about their digital cameras and say "oh, I always use auto, wish I could learn how to use the other settings". I immediately refer them to this site and tell them to purchase Katrina's "Get Me Off Auto" book.
Photog Gear: Canon 70D, Canon 60mm, Canon 200mm, Tamron 28-75, Sigma 150-500mm
Software: PSE 12, Lightroom 5