If I were asked what I have learned during my 40 years experience as a Photographer, I should reply: ""The most important thing I have learned is to observe the beautiful effects of atmosphere and light."" Many Photographers are concerned only with the subject and they seek to render it as it is. Often they fail to observe that the lighting and the atmosphere adorn and transform even the most humble and common-place objects. It is the effect that should be depicted, and not the subject only. To do this successfully, the Photographer should seek continually to develop his powers of observation so that he may acquire the ability to ""see"" well. These are the qualities that every successful Pictorialist must possess.