@orion you're right, anyone can be a master of light... generally, light sources, direction, equipment, etc. is a technical issue and is mostly about gaining knowledge and experience. And anyone can be a master of camera gear... again, it's mostly a technical issue that can be learned. But I think most of us will agree that being a master of camera gear does not automatically translate into being a master of photography. In fact, being technically proficient, even a master, at anything does not equate to being in the upper echelon. It's true for athletes, musicians, artists, business. Sometimes, those in the upper echelon of performance are not even technical masters at all... they don't exactly know how they do it. Sometimes, the upper echelon are not even the best, there could be better photographers out there that never made it. In the arts, there is a certain amount of luck in getting your break. We can all look at a Joe McNally photo and think we could get the same shot and maybe that's true. But he did he get that shot, in the field, at that moment, under whatever conditions and limitations were present. He got the subject to emote just so. He got the timing just right. Sure, to get those shots he needed certain gear and assistants that most of us don't have but those things didn't get the shot, they only facilitated getting the shot. Maybe he even got ideas from those people. Maybe one of them made the suggestion that was the key to making the shot great. But it was still Joe McNally who is the photographer running the show. He is a genious. Not because he knows how to bounce light around or press the shutter... because he gets the shots that capture something that can't even really be described and explained. Or maybe he's not a genius, but just a guy who takes photographs that a lot of people like. Anyway, just my two cents.