Updated: Nov 16, 2019
You don't need to have the latest gear and own the most expensive camera to become a photographer.
The only thing you must have is "an eye for the picture". Some are born with it otherwise you need to train for it. Know your camera, read the book.
When I decide to go on shooting I check all my gears, clean up everything, format the cards and I have always microfibers in my pocket. Prepare your location, go scouting the day before, check the conditions (sun, rain, wind, light.)
If you are planing to shoot during sunrise/sunset bring a solid tripod, remote, filters.
When you arrive at your location, take your time, check the direction of the light, feel the environment.
Question yourself, what do I want to take a picture of? What story do I want to tell? Once you answered these questions, set up the white balance and your settings and shoot until you get what you want. go manual and shoot RAW. Try different angles and settings. Bracket your shot. Use different focuses.
Don't forget the rules and make your composition.
Composition is the most important thing for me, it's what will make you a better photographer. Don't look only in the screen but in the eye viewfinder.
What do you want to frame in it?
Search for a foreground, middle ground, and background.
The best advice I can give is: go out and shoot, often, shoot at different time of the day, try other technique, panning macro, light painting ...