I got into this ridiculous hobby post retirement. It is a self-satisfying way to pass the time as it keeps me off the streets and outta the bars, but, if someone approached me about making a career from photography...I would be forced to slap them up-side the head. http://work.chron.com/estimated-salary-photographer-7219.html
Aside from the occasionally successful wedding and fashion photog...who is gonna buy your stuff.
Besides the local hotel that hosts local photography and the traveling art shows that caters to folks with some disposable income...photography doesn't sell.
Peruse the "decorator wall décor" websites, photography occupies a very small subset therein, so again I ask...who is gonna buy your stuff?
The real answer ? No one.
In reality if you want to sell your pictures for real money you have to have a captive audience, potential buyers who already want what you are specifically shooting.
Selling photography as 'art for art's sake' is virtually impossible to day. People are bombarded with fantastic images, and I think in all honesty many have effectively become desensitised to beautiful photography, and so images have had to become more and more dramatic, surreal, in order to keep peoples attention. The few photographers that I know who have a long reputation for selling this type of picture have had to become more and more 'unreal'mas time has gone on.
My Building Panoramic stuff is done for two major national institutions as well as other smaller ones, but either way it's aimed at a specific target, but even then I see an alarming apathy towards great imagery, most probably because these places are bombarded with it all the time.
There is, however a lot to be said for being able to produce just what you
want. It's just that as with artists of old, if no one wants what you have produced except yourself it feels a bit disappointing