I wonder how the people trying to make a living in professional photography feel about this. Not only are they competing with their professional peers who face the same business challenges they do, but also they have to compete with a highly funded and well equipped dilettante.
I am at the totally other extreme - I sell absolutely nothing
I do a lot of pro bono work - probably 3 or 4 days a week.
Perhaps you didn't see that I do pro bono work - that means I do work for people/organisations that cannot afford pro photographers - charities being the main part, wedding/christening photos for poor people that are put in touch with me by their vicars and for example my local dog training club that wants pictures for their web site (I get unlimited access to their dogs to try new techniques - a mutually beneficial arrangement)
I don't compete with pro photographers - they are in a different sector. As for highly funded - well I worked hard for 40 years and if I choose to give some money away I cant see the issue.
Well, we've gotten a bit off topic now haven't we? Honestly, you are kind of my hero...doing almost exactly what I hope to be doing in about five years.
Thirty years ago I realized that photojournalism and supporting a family were becoming mutually exclusive, so I chose family. I was fortunate because I had other talents that allowed me to make a good living.
The digital age has allowed me to rediscover photography, but I know that most of my interests lie in areas that aren't commercially viable. My hope is to hone my skills over the next several years, try some things and then, when my wife and I can afford to live on our pensions and savings, I'll have the freedom to do what I want.
It is not your fault that the marketplace does not support every would-be photographer.
However, you're still wrong about APS-H