Wide angle lenses are used by a variety of landscape photographers seeking that perfect wide angle shot. That's the typical scenario, but the reality is that there are so many other ways to utilize a wide angle lens that you would do well to have at least one in your set.
Yes, using a wide angle lens often creates distortion and chromatic aberration and so forth. But those issues aren't really such a big deal if you do your post-process correctly. And who are we to judge that the distortion is really a bad thing? 1. – Landscape, Architecture, Etc.
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Landscape photographers and architecture photographers both benefit from the use of wide angle lenses. This is owing to the fact that they can include so many elements into a single shot without having to opt out for a panorama, which could ruin the shot. On the other hand, most photographers who shoot 360-degree panoramas will utilize wide angle lenses in order to capture a full 360-degree panorama in four shots (not counting the zenith and nadir). 2. – Portraiture
Bryan Rosengrant – Interesting example of portraiture done with a wide angle lens. The subject (portrait) isn't skewed much due to the center placement, but you can see a whole lot from the washing machine which makes this photo work.
This is an up-and-coming trend in photography. I am seeing more and more portraits shot with wide angle lenses. However, the angles are usually weird, coming from a bird’s eye view or from the bottom up. This seems reminiscent of the fisheye trend that was really popular at the beginning of the hip-hop scene during the 1990’s. These types of portraits are more like a fusion of a landscape/cityscape with a model added in to contribute a human element to the picture. 3. – Foreground Emphasis