Generally, people let their camera do all the thinking. They go into Auto or No Flash to do their shooting. I did sports photography for about two years and what I would do is I would see what my camera wanted to do in one of those modes, then I would go into manual and fine tune it. I used it as a guide. I needed a high Shutter Speed to freeze the action and the options the camera gave wouldn’t have produced that effect.
If you know how it works, I don’t consider that cheating at all. I didn’t even know you could cheat in photography.
It’s almost like saying, “Oh you don’t know how much light will hit the film at 1/30th f/8? then you’re cheating!” Something like that.