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Here's a little technique article for those interested on utilizing a polarizer even in lower lighting conditions like indoor exhibits or (as the example photos in the article) an aquarium.

http://dustinabbott.net/2014/03/circular-polarizer-where/



"...In the perfect world for photographers, it would always be “golden hour”.  The light would be soft and directional, making even mundane things appear rich and interesting.  But in the real world golden hour only comes (at best) twice a day, and often not at all.  Experienced photographers learn to use things like circular polarizers and ND (neutral density) filters to help control the light in less than ideal conditions.  These filters are particularly helpful when the light is more harsh and glaring.  I personally like to have a circular polarizer available for all my lenses.

But this little article isn’t about using a circular polarizer in a conventional way.

It’s about why I screw on a circular polarizer in a very dark place like interior spaces at zoos and, most recently, at an aquarium.  What?!!"
...to read more click the link above...

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Software & Accessories / Adding Punch through Exposure 5
« on: February 25, 2014, 09:40:43 AM »
Adding "Punch" Through Exposure

There are some people who make a very good living by buying somewhat rundown houses, renovating them, and then “flipping” them for a large profit.  Not everyone can do this.  Some people try it and discover somewhere during the renovation project that they have made a terrible decision.  But those that are successful often share a certain quality:  they can see the “bones” of a house.  They can look past the clutter and disrepair and visualize what the house could be.

This little article is about applying the same principle to photography.  As a professional photographer I take a lot of pictures, and most of the time I at least think I’ve taken a great shot when the shutter clicks.  Some photos are amazing all by themselves, but others are a lot like those rundown houses – they have good “bones”, but they are lacking a bit of punch.  I have enough experience with both photography and software that I can look at a photo and pre-visualize how it will look when I’m finished.  Experience has taught me how to achieve that vision most of the time, and a big part of getting the vision of the finished product out of my head and into reality is through the use of Alien Skin Exposure
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To read more, click http://dustinabbott.net/2014/02/adding-punch-through-exposure/:

You can also read a smaller version at the Alien Skin blog later today.  Enjoy

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Photography Technique / How (and Why) I Took the Shot #2: Persistance
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:51:22 AM »
My last article brought a certain amount of controversy, so I post the next in the series with some trepidation ;D

I did take to heart some of your suggestions, so let me be clear about what this little article is:  it is a brief look into the why of what was going on in my head when I chose the subject to shoot along with a few technique tips of how I took the shot.  It's a mix of a little photography philosophy and a few technique tips for framing and producing pleasing, complimentary bokeh.  I realize that there is a broad ability range on this message board, as there is in the greater audience of the people that visit my site.  I in no way am trying to be offensive or even self-promotional with this series; I want to help people.  A few of you seem offended by that, and, if you are, then please disregard this thread and move on to something that is interesting for you.

Here's a little snippet of what the article is about, and if you want to read more...click through.

"Why I Took the Shot

Winter came early this year, and shows no signs of being in a hurry to leave. It has been a hard one. Cold, bleak, and with heavy storms. Winter at its best can be fabulously beautiful, but amongst all the seasons it is also most likely to come with a lot of dark, dreary days.

It doesn’t help that as winter sets in, most of the color gets leeched from the world. The trees are bare (other than the evergreens), and that, combined with frequently overcast skies, leaves the world a pretty bleak place. I often feel like the world has become monochrome.  It seems at times like I am stumbling around the woods looking for something with just a hint of color to photograph.  Desperate…..for…..color!!!

It is for this reason that I have a special place in my heart for the beech tree.  It breaks the rules...
" to read more, click herehttp://dustinabbott.net/2014/02/how-and-why-i-took-the-shot-2-persistance/..."

Thanks for you time, and, I sincerely hope this helps someone...

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Photography Technique / How (and Why) I Took the Shot #1: Overlook
« on: February 08, 2014, 03:25:52 PM »
Hi everyone!  I've been encouraged from multiple sources to start writing smaller pieces that tell the story of what was in my mind while shooting.  This first shot is a simple subject that tells a story.  Thought you might enjoy reading the piece if you are interested:

http://dustinabbott.net/2014/02/how-and-why-i-took-the-shot-1-overlook/

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Hello, everyone!

Here is a new workflow article for those interested in my process.  This demonstrates how that I use Snap Art 4 to help create the formal portrait out of the snapshot.

http://www.dustinabbott.net/2014/01/snap-art-4-tuturial/

As a bonus, I have 10% discount coupon for anything from Alien Skin in the article.  Thanks for your interest.

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Reviews / Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« on: December 31, 2013, 10:47:09 AM »
Hello everyone.  I have just completed my most recent review of the Tamron 90mm VC Macro lens.  This is a great option for someone who doesn't have the money to spend on the Canon 100L Macro.  Take a look here if you are interested:

http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/12/tamron-sp-90mm-f2-8-di-macro-11-vc-usd-review/

There are many, many pictures included along with my typical real world review of the handling, functionality, and performance of the lens.  Thanks for looking!

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Animal Kingdom / The Moose of Algonquin Park
« on: November 08, 2013, 11:54:28 AM »
Here's a little travel/Photography Adventure article that I wrote on the many moose (and opportunities to photography them) in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. 

http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/11/the-moose-of-algonquin-park/


Bull Moose Portrait by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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I have been asked by several members to share processing workflow information.  The following is a series of articles that I wrote for Alien Skin Software, specifically about a few ways that I incorporate Alien Skin Exposure 5 into my workflow.

The three pieces of software discussed in these articles are:  Lightroom, Photoshop, and Exposure 5.

http://blog.alienskin.com/dustin-abbotts-from-good-to-great-part-1

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Reviews / Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 01, 2013, 11:53:27 AM »
Hello, friends.  I have just completed and published my fairly extensive review of the Rokinon/Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lens.  Some of you have been asking questions about the lens as I have been posting pictures from it over the past couple of weeks.  Hopefully this will answer them. Thanks for your time:

http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/10/rokinon-14mm-f2-8-wide-angle-review/


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Reviews / Review: EOS M System
« on: September 11, 2013, 11:56:57 AM »
I have just completed a thorough review of the EOS M and a lot of its components:

http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/09/canon-eos-m-review/

The review includes an examination of the EF - EF-M adapter and EF lenses on the M, the 90EX Speedlite, and the use of multiple adapters for Legacy Lenses like M42 and Konica mounts.  The EF-M 22mm f/2 is only native lens included in the review at the moment, but I will be updating it later this week after the EF-M 18-55mm STM lens arrives.

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Lenses / Is the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L MKII worth the Extra Money?
« on: September 04, 2013, 02:53:40 PM »
For those interested in my thoughts if the Canon is worth the price premium over the Tamron, take a look here:

http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/09/qa-post-1-is-the-canon-ef-24-70mm-f2-8-ii-worth-the-extra-money/

If you don't care, please disregard...  If you disagree, state your objections below.

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EOS-M / EOS M and Vintage Glass
« on: August 16, 2013, 08:14:04 AM »
I have started a journey of using the EOS M with my collection of vintage glass. I have tried a variety of M42 lenses along with a Konica AR lens.  It's a great platform because there is no fear of mirror hangup and focusing seems fairly easy.  Here's one taken with one of my favorite vintage lens - the Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 lens.


Embrace the Swirl by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Reviews / Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« on: July 26, 2013, 06:06:19 PM »
Here's a thorough review of Tamron's new fast telephoto zoom for those of you that are interested.  Once again I have tried to share an objective real world review of the lens and its features.

http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/07/tamron-sp-70-200mm-f2-8-di-vc-usd-review/

Thanks to all of you who have viewed and supported my reviews in the past.

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If you are interested in reading Alien Skin's little feature on me and my use of Exposure in my workflow, have a look here:

http://blog.alienskin.com/dustin-abbott

Love the software, by the way....

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Yes, I know this seems like an odd comparison, but a few readers have asked for a comparison between these two lenses...and so I have.  If you are interested, take a look at the link below:

http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/06/tamron-24-70-vc-vs-canon-40mm-pancake/

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