No photographer works in a vacuum. Photographers, like all artists, stand on the shoulders of those who came before them, and they are informed and influenced by those working around them. If you are striving to find your own style, one of the most powerful exercises you can practice is to find influence and inspiration in the work of those around you, and then emulate that work in an effort to define, shape, and grow your own photographic voice. By collecting, imitating, and eventually reshaping and combining the work of those around you, your unique voice can be found and the quality of your work can soar.In Photograph Like a Thief, photographer, author, and retoucher Glyn Dewis embraces the idea of "stealing" and recreating others' work in order to improve as an artist. By stepping inside others' images, you can learn to reverse engineer their creation, then build an image that simultaneously pays homage to that work and is also an original creation itself.