I understand RB. I learned photography a really weird way round though - I started with astro photography.
To get shots like the orion nebula over the page I took about 4 hours of 10 minute exposures. Stacked them and subtracted dark frames. As you would expect most of teh data is waaay down the left side of the curve and any data loss is bad news. Processing one of those images takes hours.
Converting to normal photography was a huge culture shock after that 1/1000 of a second compared to 4 hours ! - It certainly meant I understood light better.
The sport shots in no way were supposed to be half decent, its just my amateur stab because I happened to be going so took my long lens. I would love the chance to learn it properly.
We went to the paralympic swimming - it was just breathtaking watching what they could do despite their disabilities