A few years back, I met a photographer named Larry Tiefenbrunn. A nicer, friendlier guy you’ll never meet. He and his wife run a little business that makes some of the most unusual, dynamic, and downright useful camera supports I have ever seen or used. They are called – Platypods.

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.