1. Get out there and try new things.

Great stock photographers aren’t just good at finding niches and moving into them. They’re also always on the lookout for opportunities to learn and grow. Get out there and spend as much time shooting as you possibly can. The only way to really master a given skill is to spend a lot of time out there cultivating it and applying it.

Successful photographers also know how critical it is to stay relevant, so you’ll want to seize every opportunity to keep learning and growing as well. Read voraciously when it comes to topics like photography technique, marketing, and business management. Go to photography workshops and meet-ups so that you can network with other photographers. You’ll be glad you took the initiative when you see what a difference it makes in your craft!