I look at other photographers all the time.
And more often then not, I do not like them or their work.
Too often they lose their subject in pursuit of perfect rules of composition.
Their photos end up being.. static.. cookie cutter.. common.. maybe with exceptional tweaks in their exposure.
I can appreciate what they do. Perfect exposure is difficult.
But what common photographers do , I dont. And it isnt as if I think I am better than.. I just dont like
what they do or what they produce.
but yes, I look around all the time. I get ideas from them and see what not to do .
I will also use their photos to google exposure techniques and styles.