So what does it take to do what you do? Any advice
Do what I do? I just take snaps. There are massively talented individuals here. I’d ask them. But not to be dismissive, I’ll tell you what I do or did. At first I shot and shot and shot. All while learning on a manual camera. I also thought long and hard about photography and what it is actually doing. All photography is light and the capturing of it. Learn how your camera captures the light. Wrap your head around that and you’ll be fine.