I was hoping that would be a bit more provocative given the title. I was wrong. Can we add some ourselves, but change it to "Things that don't magically change you into a photographer."
A big watermark
A flickr/500px/razzi etc account
A huge lens.
Walking around with your dSLR like it's an accessory.
Bringing every single lens you own with you to every shoot.
Thinking you need a dSLR to take good photos.
Using a tripod.
Don't like it. Seems more like parroted opinions and cliches rather firm info. And why do you have to charge to be validated? It's not possible to be a hobbyist who occasionally does work as a favor?photographer [fəˈtɒgrəfə]n(Business / Professions) a person who takes photographs, either as a hobby or a profession. Hate to burst the author's bubble, but there is no level of competency required to be labeled as a photographer. The act taking photographs is simply what makes someone a photographer. I'm not saying it makes them good, or competent, but it is the way it is wether people think it should be or not.