As a novice student of photography, I understand a thing or two about what it takes to produce an image of great quality–it’s all about exposure. The rendering of a photograph relies, greatly, on the amount of light allowed in, the time frame within which the camera is exposed to light, and the sensitivity of the image sensor within the camera. All these factors considered ultimately impact the finished product yielding the images that seem to awaken a response from within us.
Relative to the aforementioned details a camera must account for, is the way we, as humans, develop mentally. We are all born ignorant, having to learn everything from scratch. The differing factor, however, from one individual to the next is the amount of exposure: the time of exposure to information, the frequency of exposure, and the yearning for more. Exposure is a determinant factor (among many) that separates the ordinary from the extraordinary, and the simple-minded from their complex counterparts. A gentleman that takes it upon himself to understand the subtleties of the way the world works, say, from an economic, social, and psychological perspective has an edge on the next guy who is oblivious to these things. It’s all about exposure — some people are unaware that there are things they don’t know; some are just privileged enough to have been placed in the center of it all.
However you look at it, without study, knowledge is unattainable.
Before learning, we must fulfill several criteria: we must first be willing to learn–to do whatever it takes for however long it takes (because afterall, we sacrifice for the things we value). Secondly, we must be open-minded — you can’t take that great picture you envisioned without first removing the lens cap off your camera. Learning new things can often times be uncomfortable because it challenges both your worldly view and your mind, but if the quest for knowledge means that much to you, then you’ll accept the challenge, as Barney Stinson proudly does everytime.
The fact that you’re reading this post is sheer reason for me to believe that you’re cultivating that exposure necessary to propel your learning and I can only hope there’s nowhere but up to go from here.