(January Issue 2002)

Much like a roll of film, the development of one's pool game is based on exposure. First, you load the film. The unexposed film is ready to receive the image. Like the unexposed film, the student needs to be open minded, willing to take on the thoughts and ideas of the instructor. Without an open-minded approach, the learning process will be cloudy - just as improper light exposure clouds a frame of film. An open mind is necessary.

The next step is to set the exposure, focus and snap a shot. If the shutter speed is set incorrectly, the film will be too dark or too light. Improper focus will blur the image. Similarly, the pool student may not have received enough information to become enlightened. Too much information at one time will overwhelm the student. Correct exposure is a must. This step is repeated until the roll of film is used up and is ready to develop.

The third step requires carefully handling the film in order to have it developed. The student must carefully analyze the information that he/she has received from the instructor without tainting it. During this development stage, careful treatment of the information will result in a quality series of "pictures" over time.

The clarity of these pictures depends on open-minded exposure, proper developing and correct teaching. As a student, you are responsible for the pictures you take. Whether your exposure is incorrect, your instructor is overwhelming you, or any other issue is interfering with your learning process, you must give proper feedback to your instructor. There is no other way the instructor will be able to know that a problem exists. By giving your instructor feedback, you will pave the way for another picture to be developed with perfect clarity.

Exposure is important. As a pool player, you will only rise to the level you are exposed to. Point your camera in the right direction. Take some quality pictures and allow them to develop properly within yourself. You can and will become a product of the environment you expose yourself to. But don't get frustrated - development takes time and care. It also takes time to find the correct photographic subject. Good luck in your search for the subject and be sure you have a fresh roll of film in your camera when you find it!

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