Learning technique isn't a prerequisite to taking soulful pictures, rather technical proficiency cuts down on the number of those images ruined by poor technique. I frequently return to a particular subject matter that resonates with me hoping to achieve photographically what I perceive. At a recent workshop with Clyde Butcher, he said he first visualizes an image, then sets up his camera to capture it - doesn't compose on the groundglass. Some would view that as careless technique, while many others appreciate the result.

If you've achieved a plateau of technical proficeincy without having created any soulful images along the way, you need to take a different route.