Inspiration does not necessarily equal simulation.
On a different level than the photographic artists, I am inspired by my wife's ability to take very technically accurate photos without tripod support, and often without looking through the viewfinder. A virtual human tripod, she is so remarkably steady, it is awe-inspiring. She does the vast majority of her photography at work, as a forensic investigator for the local medical examiner.
Canon 5Ds R/7D2/7D/5D/40D/1D2N; Nikon F6/D3s/D700/FM3A/Coolpix A. Lens selection undergoing changes; some favorites: Zeiss 2/135 APO Sonnar, Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS and 135L, Nikkor 14-24/2.8G and 200/2 VR.