Recently, I had the great fortune to discuss this topic with two master photographers, Dewitt Jones and Tony Sweet. I recorded the interviews to share with other photographers who would like to know what it takes to reach the top.
You don't need to have a big, professional DSLR to get wonderfully publishable shots: you just need great lighting! A photographer with extensive knowledge of lighting can capture great images with anything you can throw at them. Here are a couple of tips on how you can too!