A friend of mine is one of a select group of still photographers authorized to shoot on movie and TV sets in Los Angeles. When I got my D7000, he invited me over to his own studio for some DSLR lessons.
One point he repeatedly drove home was that I was looking at menus and camera controls too much. He urged me to look long and hard at the subject and to view the scene through the viewfinder.
It is a discipline which can get sidetracked by all the bells and whistles on the camera.