I also know from working with LANDSAT images that you can get what is called
"radiometric" distortions and atmospheric distortions that are pretty specific to
the digital sensors. I have no idea if these are also present in a digital camera
image. I guess I need to read some stuff to understand how my camera sensor
See if this helps WD: http://rsclass.gis.umn.edu/documents/21 ... sing-6.pdf
In regards to ratios, it gets better as one gains more experience. Making good money in
photography is less about the art piece it self, and more about marketing, and being
a good sales person.
There are a lot of famous, respected photographers/artists who do not make a lot of
money even though they have beautiful art work, but many do not embrace the marketing
side of the business. On the other hand you have photographers that can sell pieces
that are not the most aesthetically appealing or technically the most sound, but can
get customers emotionally attached to a piece of art, and make a very good living but
never become famous.
Have learned that for my kind of work, the higher priced, higher quality pieces sell
much better. Last year after naively dropping my prices drastically, in the belief that
my work should be affordable to everyone, not only did my sales drop off dramatically
but some customers were upset, rightfully so, though they did understood what the
reasoning behind my decision was.
Just because people can relate, understand, or like your subject matter doesn't mean
that they will purchase. Lowering my prices cheapened my work, its uniqueness, and
all the effort/time that was put into capturing these art pieces. My lesson learned from
this is that lower prices does not attract the right kind of customers, and that mistake
will not happen again.
Big pieces on metallic paper, with the right kind of lighting that will show off the
beauty of the subject matter, and then giving a performance like intro for several
individual pieces so the customers can understand not only what it took to capture the
art piece, but getting them emotional involved, feeling what I did at the time of
capturing the scene.
This is extremely fun, extremely rewarding, and what works for me.
You mention your difficulties in capturing an all encompassing pano's of landscapes. It is
not easy, it requires patience, technique, and some luck to get everything to come
together as envisioned by the artist.
This a 4 piece panorama, a view from Wildcat Point, which one can see the Kuna Crest
Tuolumne Meadow and River (including 2 waterfalls), the entire Cathedral Range, and
Clouds Rest at the other end. Each piece measures 24x33 in size, it was sectioned off
into 4 to make it give the customer a variety of hanging options as opposed to one big
piece which would be over 10 feet long, which no only restricts where it can be hung, but
the the cost would be astronomical.
Viewing this on a computer that is not calibrated, at the size of a large stamp, and not
understanding what went into capturing this piece, or the emotions that were felt by
the artist at the time, making it just a beautiful shot, without the human dimension