Just because you didn’t get to go to that awesome photography conference doesn’t mean that you can’t learn something from the pros! Occasionally, we’ll be featuring a recommended photography lecture or interview on Phototuts+.
Kirby Ferguson is the creator of a video series called "Everything is a Remix." It makes the argument that creativity is comes from inspiration. You might not subscribe to the whole theory, but it makes a compelling case for studying the work of the greats in your field.
You should definitely check out Ferguson's full series on www.everythingisaremix.info.