In today's world it is few who take the time to master anything well
The Zen analogy is well taken;chop 500 cords of wood and you may become a master woodchopper...but there are no guarantees of that either
what may be learned is in the actual "doing"; that is what separates the master from the student
At some point there is a realization of coming into your own; it may take days,years or decades but it will happen if one is persistent
if one does not have a firm basis of the rudiments of craft there will be hope of mastering the art; please go and learn from the others who have gone before you by going to the museum or galleries and "seeing" their photographs
Best, Peter