There are thousands of apps for your desktop or mobile device that will let you see weather conditions. These apps are very useful for photographers who need to plan outdoor activities. To bird photographers – having an understanding of wind direction and patterns is crucial. Birds fly into, land into and perch into the wind. If you know what direction the wind is blowing, you know what direction the birds will be facing.

While this list isn’t exhaustive, if you can find your way to most of these traits, you’re well on your way to becoming a good photographer.

1. You need passion. You need to be obsessed with getting the shot. Not just any shot – THE shot. In other words – you need to think about, dream about, talk about and live photography.

You rarely hear the phrase “point and shoot” camera anymore. It’s a segment that is dead or nearly dead to some people due to the uptake of good cell phone cameras. People don’t want to carry a separate device for their casual photography.

But you DO hear phrases like “adventure cameras.” or “action camera.” While photographers seem less willing to buy and carry a dedicated point and shoot model, high interest in cameras that can go on nearly any adventure with you (hiking, skiing, boating, parachuting, etc.) are very hot.