about using manual mode when starting out in photography

I highly recommend the discipline of using the manual mode when beginning photography. It’s not where you will end up when you get more familiar with the fundamentals, but it’s a great place to learn how the two MOST IMPORTANT VARIABLES of shutter speed and aperture interact. The camera’s light meter will guide you towards a good exposure, and you can see how you can change aperture and shutter speed together while maintaining a good exposure to vary the amount of motion blur in your photo and the degree to which things in the foreground and background are in focus at the same time. So my tips are: Practice, Patience, and Play (experiment). As in anything, of course, practice is the most important thing. Good luck!