There’s Only One Thing You Really Need To Be A Competent Photographer. PASSION – This is so true. The author states that the rest will come if you have this to start and if not the rest does not matter. I have had the passion for years starting as a child and a 110 Kodak instamatic; shooting for my high school on the yearbook staff; in college for the fun of it; at work as a fire investigator both public and private; to train both domestic and international clients in crime scene operations in “unique” environments; for work to document our work product for a training & consulting firm and now for my photography clients to bring them Professional photography for a lifetime of memories. Did I mention I still have the Passion and love photography?