Am I the only one who doesn't care what mode random people use?
No you are not the only one. I try to spend the majority of my time not worrying about what other people do.
Besides, for a tourist picture, there is nothing wrong with setting the camera on Automatic. Nothing.
To the vast majority of the people who own DSLRs, it is a tool to take a picture. Nothing more or less. Besides the automatic setting on modern DSLRs does a pretty good job.
About proper shutter speed? About DOF? about focus on the subject that you intended to focus?
Yup, Really. Automatic handles all that stuff pretty well these days.
If some one just wants a snapshot of something on vacation, automatic is most likely all they will need.
Now if they want to take a more technical or artistic picture, then of course, automatic is limiting. But how many tourists care about that? Percentage wise, I think we can round that to the nearest zero.
In my opinion, what tourists care about is being able to take the picture quickly, easily, and reliabily so they can get on with what they were doing -- enjoying being there.
That's the difference between a tourist and a photographer. A tourist enjoys being there, a photographer is too worried about the picture to enjoy being there. LoL
But seriously, it is all about what the shooter is looking for in their picture. Not every picture needs to be artistic. Some may just want a snapshot to share.
Tourists are on holiday, not a photography shoot. Let them enjoy their holidays and their snapshots. Life is complicated enough as it is.
I find it quite challenging to combine photography with my holidays; it's a bit of a trade-off so when I'm not quite satisfied with the results, I remind myself I had a great holiday