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I think the best teacher will be experience. Just go out and do it - a lot.
The second best option is to hook up with someone who already does it and learn from them.
You're right, experience is key and I've been doing a lot of shooting and learning by trial and error, both from a technical and aesthetic perspective.
Up here in northern New England most of my neighbors are trees and very few of them have video cameras. I have hooked up with the local camera shop but their focus is still photography so not much help there. I'll keep poking around though.
i I want to shoot sporting events and nature
Think inside the box...
Watch sporting events and nature on tv and from dvd's etc.
Look at composition, style and learn from the pros.
I've learnt much from watching BBC Nature dvd's -
eg: Planet Earth, National Geographic and Survival.
i Just go out and do it - a lot.
Sporting events needs experience.
Practice by filming local events and watch sport.
I will say that "Galapagos" was just about the very best nature documentary ever made. You will learn much from studying it.