This is a topic that can vary from site to site; Photographypla.net list 10:
- They are Eager to Learn.
- They are Dedicated.
- They Have Patience.
- They Show Attention to Detail.
- They Know Their Equipment.
- They are Flexible.
- They Accept the Challenge.
- They Seek Inspiration.
- The Accept Feedback & Criticism.
- They Specialize.
NYIP quotes Patrick Donehue on 21 Habits (as listed on popphoto.com)
- Facing Adversity
- Right brain; left brain
- Value the information quest
- Be aware of blind spots
- Speak a global visual language
- Know your extended family
- Stand Out and Stand Tall
- Bank on success
- Nobody does it alone
- Focus and Development aren’t just Photographic Techniques—they’re Attitudes
- Think of yourself as a surgeon
- Fail; then fail again
- Edit; then edit again and again
- Be an early adopter
- Master your tools, not the other way around
- Value personal work
- There’s more to life than photography
The second one is a long list, if you want know detail on what each involves visit popphoto.
If I was to make a list, here is what I would put in it:
- Learn your camera(s); read the manuals, practice what you read
- Be a life longer learner; find good blogs, photography sites, books, etc and study, ponder then study some more.
- Learn your editing tools – Photoshop, Lightroom, Gimp, Luminar, Aurora, Affinity Photo – and any others out there. There are plenty of tutorials and lessons to learn how to use these tools.
- Learn how to compose a shot, remove distractions, know your lighting.
- Learn how to tell a story; otherwise, you will have just another average picture.
- Accept Feedback & Criticism.
- Seek Inspiration – sites like Instagram and Flickr are good for this.
- Develop your own style and brand
- Learn how to listen
- Develop a solid work ethic, photography is hard work.
Thanks for reading, keep on shooting, and, as always I look forward to your continued support.