detail oriented: You must pay attention to what you see in your viewfinder. One small item in the background or a speck of dust on your subject, and your entire shot is ruined.
creative: You must be creatively inclined and think differently from everyone else. The photographs with the different viewpoints are the ones that stand out among the thousands of photos on the Web.
technically proficient: You absolutely must understand all of your equipment in order to use it to its full potential.
If you want to go into business as a photographer, you need the skills of a good networker, marketer, and business owner. Skills such as:
ambition: You must have the drive to get your work and your name out to the world. You have to be willing to work odd hours in order to accommodate your clients.
legal knowledge: You must know your rights and the rights of your clients.
marketing: You have to get your name out. Word of mouth will only get your so far.
social: You have to be able to work with people. A friendly nature will put your subjects at ease and it will show in your photo.