John Neel explains why it’s OK to admire the greats in photography, without resorting to copping their styles:
“Unlike what some might think, the greats are not gods. They are instead, exceptional models.”
I would add that for every exceptional model, there’s a style the world probably no longer needs all that much.
Oh, and most of the greats mentioned were using cameras that didn’t even have built-in light meters, let alone autofocus. Remember that the next time you feel your current camera is holding you back.