You know what bothers me?...... Seeing people doing travel photography with their "consumer" DSLRs with a battery grip. Why add all that weight and size to a camera while your traveling? Is anyone really going to shoot more than the ~2000 shots you can get from the regular battery?
Is there any point avoiding it? I have a grip on my D40 to make it look more ligit. As I've said before, size matters. That's pretty much my photo manta.
As for the topic at hand: I'm a senior in high school and I use the old fashioned method. I don't like LiveView because I'm a traditionalist and I was taught to do it the original way and because I personally don't think you can really make a good composition at arm's length, nor can it be at all comfortable to look at a screen and try to focus.
I am an old person in a young'un's shoes. I prefer to do everything manually.
Honestly, I can't wait to upgrade to a DSLR with D-Movie. I think it would be awesome to have that ability, even if it's not the highest quality.