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Standing Buddha figures in caves at Raja Maha Vihara, Sri Lanka
Hot-air ballooning, Sossusvlei, Namibia
Swallow-tailed Gull, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Venice Carnival Marquerade, Italy
Macaw, Amazon Rain Forest, Peru
Pamir Mountains, Afghanistan
Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, California, USA
Skeleton Men, Highlands of Papua New Guinea
Tribal Chief, Papua New Guinea
Saharan Dunes, Morocco
Nude on Dome, Spain
Roofs of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
Macaw Feathers, Amazon Rain Forest, Peru
Legong, Bali, Indonesia
Water Lillies, Bali, Indonesia
Oxbow Bend, Grand Tetons National Park. Wyoming, USA
Kite Surfer, Indonesia
Mist at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Wide-angle lenses, particularly those of focal length 17 - 35mm, are useful when portraying people in the context of their environment. The camera must be close to the subject to give a worthwhile reproduction ratio, and perspective is consequently accentuated. Under these circumstances, perhaps less than a metre from the subject, care must be taken to ensure that facial features do not become grotesque. Depth relationships of different planes in a scene are clearly shown, and relationships between objects appear to change. Also, vertical lines converge if the camera is moved away from the horizontal. What is acceptable is largely a matter of taste.
The broad field of view of a wide-angle lens reveals great swathes of the surroundings, so depth of field, composition and exposure must be carefully considered. When using a 17mm lens focused at one metre and set to an aperture of f/16, depth of field extends from about 50cms to infinity. Background detail is rendered sharp and must be interesting and appropriate if it is to provide context. Off-centre subject placement leaves lots of empty space, so a small or distant secondary subject may be needed to restore visual balance.
Determining exposure for a wide field of view, where contrast may be extreme, is not completely straightforward. A person's face or body may occupy only a small part of an image. Contrast between the subject and other parts of the image, such as the sky or a dark recess, may well exceed the latitude of a film or sensor. If so, it must be reduced - perhaps by re-framing, diffusing the light or using fill. Centre-weighted measurements are obviously a poor compromise where the subject is off-centre. Averaged or multi-segment measurements combined with some fill may prove adequate. Alternatively, take spot measurements from key areas of highlight and shadow, use fill and do some bracketing.
The simplest way for photographers to sell their own images is to establish a personal website dedicated to a gallery of their own work. In recent years this has become very easy to achieve. All a photographer has to do is purchase one of the excellent and widely-available standard websites, complete with an image gallery and a secure means of making payments, and upload the images and necessary descriptive text. This approach has become very popular so competition in the field is inevitably increasing.
Another similar approach, which is probably more economical in the longer term, is to establish your own website either on free web-hosting space or by renting space on a commercial server. For the cost of a suitable web-design software package and a bit of work, it is relatively easy to establish an effective gallery-based site in your own image. This approach is more flexible because the photographer can grow the site and change its design at will.
Most photographers start by selling prints and, if successful, expand into other fields such as running an image library or organizing photography holidays based upon an established photographic reputation. Those considering any of these routes should first spend some time looking at the material already on offer on comparable sites worldwide. It soon becomes clear that the quality of the work on offer ranges from superb all the way down to awful. The safest initial option is probably to sell work related to local subjects because the photographer then has the significant advantage of convenient access to his or her subject.