Upload & Sell: Off
in a way all we are is editors: we make selections from reality and freeze them,
An awful lot of photographers, including some skilled ones, work this way.
But it is far from "all we are".
If you want to "up your game", explore ways to alter reality while preserving it or to create hyper-reality or alternate realities or fantasies.
Even when making landscapes, I will move a frond of grass that is interfering in the shot and remove a cigarette package carelessly discard. That is in addition to all the constructive choices I make about shutterspeed, aperture and depth of field.
I am looking forward to "upping my game" with macro photos by supplying additional light and subtracting other light, just as a beginning. Flowers can be taped in place. Out-of-focus backdrops can be supplied.
Product photography, fashion, interiors, architecture, portraiture, and many other genres involve building a special reality by posing, lighting, set design, wardrobe arrangement, hair & makeup.