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08.06.22         movie reviews  

Prey (On Hulu)


This is a new PREDATOR movie on Hulu. It takes place in 1720. Our hero is a young Comanche female. It would have done GREAT on the big screen.

It was really, really good! Well worth the watch! Probably in the the top 3 all time of the series.

07.28.22         photography  

Canon R10 Tutorial Training Video Users Guide Part 1


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0:00:00 - Start
0:03:24 - Camera Setup
0:09:33 - External Buttons
0:15:35 - Info Button
0:17:10 - Symbols & Icons

EXPOSURE SETTINGS
0:33:38 - ISO Demonstration
0:36:44 - Shot Noise
0:36:53 - Shooting Modes / Exposure Control
0:37:17 - A+ - Auto Mode
0:38:32 - Av - Aperture Priority Mode
0:48:23 - M - Manual Mode
0:48:58 - Tv - Shutter Priority
0:52:15 - P - Program Mode
0:53:36 - Fv - Flexible Priority
0:54:24 - M - Manual Mode
0:57:30 - Bulb Mode
0:59:37 - Custom Modes

FOCUSING SETTINGS
1:04:57 - Focusing Systems
1:07:32 - How - Shutter Button
1:08:17 - When - Focus Modes
1:11:19 - Where - Focus Clusters
1:17:49 - Tracking and Auto Focus
1:21:28 - Face / Eye Detection

1:32:15 - Drive Modes
1:33:55 - White Balance
1:38:51 - Metering Modes
1:41:27 - Lens Recommendations and Accessories

Maven Sensor Cleaning Brush

Canon R10 Body

My new MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers

Sennheiser Wireless System

Rhode Go Wireless ii

Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Manfrotto XPRO Magnesium Ball Head

Manfrotto Befree GT Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod with 496 Ball Head

07.28.22         photography  

Canon R10 Crash Course Tutorial Training Video


Im happy to announce that I have a Canon R10 in hand and am taking it through its paces. So far, it is a beautiful and very capable camera. Very impressed. Canon has outdone themselves with tremendous value in this 24.2 MP APS-C camera using the RF mirrorless mount.

Watch my free YouTube tutorial on the Canon R10 HERE

We are already under production on the full Crash Course! If you are interested in being notified as to when the Canon R 10 Tutorial Crash Course is ready, be sure to leave your name and email address in the comments and we will reach out to you as soon as it is ready!

Best wishes!

Michael

07.22.22         movie reviews  

Nope!


I think Jordan Peele is one of the most talented writer/producer/directors of our time, we are lucky to have him.
He is original, and creative and his films are loaded with symbolism and even ulterior messages that have little to do with what you think the plot is.

There is a very deliberate contrast between ideas of terrible horror and this is hard to say, comedy? Like how is this coming from the same person at such opposite ends of the spectrum?

Nope is a very slow burn, but it is still very engaging and the pay off is worth to see on the big screen.
It will definitely make you think, wondering what the real meaning was behind this or that, but something Ive noticed about Peeles films, is there are no "mistakes" in them.

If you see something in his movies, there is a plot reason, but also a deeper symbolic reason. I enjoy when I am unable to figure everything out, and this is the case here. Might need to see it again, thought it will likely be as a rental.

I enjoyed it in theaters, and would recommend it there if you liked Get Out. (Get Out was better).
We are lucky to have Jordan Peele as a film maker and need more like him because his movies will make you really think.

07.14.22         photography  

Fuji X-H2S Tutorial Training FREE Part 2


Watch Part 1 of my Fuji XH2S Tutorial

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0:00:00 - Start
0:02:42 - IMAGE QUALITY SETTING: Image Size
0:04:34 - Image quality
0:06:37 - Marker 3
0:07:44 - Select JPEG/HEIF
0:08:26 - Film Simulation
0:08:49 - Monochromatic Color
0:09:08 - Grain Effect
0:09:34 - Dynamic Range
0:10:34 - Tone Curve
0:11:02 - Color
0:11:15 - High ISO NR
0:11:44 - Clarity
0:12:05 - Lens Modulation Optimizer
0:12:30 - Color Space
0:12:51 - Pixel Mapping
0:13:17 - Edit/Save Custom Setting
0:14:36 - Auto Update Custom Setting
0:14:58 - Mount Adaptor Setting
0:15:35 - AF/MF Setting: Focus Area
0:17:32 - Focus Mode
0:17:53 - AF-C Custom Settings
0:19:56 - Store AF Mode by Orientation
0:20:49 - AF Point Display
0:21:04 - Number Of Focus Points
0:21:48 - Pre-AF
0:22:09 - AF Illuminator
0:22:40 - Face/Eye Detection Setting
0:23:02 - Subject Detection Setting
0:24:06 - AF+MF
0:24:37 - MF Assist
0:24:52 - Focus Check
0:25:21 - Interlock Spot & Focus Area
0:25:45 - Instant AF Setting
0:26:06 - Depth-Of-Field Scale
0:26:19 - Release/Focus Priority
0:27:03 - AF Range Limiter
0:27:44 - Touch Screen Mode
0:28:49 - SHOOTING SETTING: Filter Setting
0:29:11 - Sports Finder Mode
0:29:53 - Pre-ShotES
0:30:52 - Self-Timer
0:31:34 - Interval Timer Shooting
0:32:28 - Interval Timer Shooting Exposure Smoothing
0:33:53 - AE BKT Setting
0:37:25 - Film Simulation BKT
0:38:12 - Focus BKT Settings
0:38:29 - Photometry (Metering Modes)
0:40:08 - Flickerless S.S. Setting
0:40:41 - IS Mode
0:41:06 - Cooling Fan Setting
0:41:25 - Wireless Communication
0:41:35 - Flash Function Setting
0:42:56 - Movie Settings
0:44:33 - Movie Mode
0:47:06 - Shooting Mode
0:47:19 - High Speed Rec
0:48:53 - Movie Setting List
0:53:47 - Media Rec Setting
0:55:43 - HDMI Output Setting
0:55:59 - Fix Movie Crop Magnification
0:56:11 - F-Log/HLG Recording
0:57:59 - Data Level Setting Video
0:59:24 - IS Mode Boost
1:00:26 - Movie Optimized Control
1:01:00 - Tally Light
1:01:47 - Focus Area (Video)
1:02:26 - AF-C Custom Setting (Video)
1:04:08 - MF Assist - Focus Peaking
1:05:16 - Audio Setting
1:07:17 - Mic Jack Setting
1:09:08 - XLR Mic Adapter Setting
1:11:52 - Set Up: Format
1:12:33 - Language
1:12:47 - My Menu Setting
1:14:30 - Snesor Cleaning
1:15:04 - Battery Age
1:15:27 - Sound Set Up
1:15:53 - Screen Set-up
1:16:37 - Image Disp.
1:17:05 - Preview Exp./WB in Manual Mode
1:17:36 - Natural Live View / F-Log View Assist
1:18:20 - Electronic Level Setting
1:18:55 - Aperture Unit For Cinema Lens
1:19:41 - Dual Display Setting
1:22:22 - Button/Dial Setting
1:22:56 - Edit/Save Quick Menu
1:23:27 - Function (Fn) Setting
1:24:25 - Selector Button Setting
1:25:14 - Shutter AF/Shutter AE
1:26:10 - Lens Zoom/Focus Setting
1:27:11 - Touch Screen Setting
1:28:33 - Lock
1:29:09 - Power Management
1:29:53 - Save Data Set-Up
1:31:41 - Network/USB Setting
1:32:15 - Play Back Menu


My new MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers

Fujifilm X-H2S Body

Sennheiser Wireless System

Rhode Go Wireless ii

Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Manfrotto XPRO Magnesium Ball Head

Manfrotto Befree GT Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod with 496 Ball Head

07.11.22         photography  

Fuji X-H2S Tutorial Training FREE Part 1


Watch Part 2 of my Fuji XH2S Training Tutorial

To be notified when the Fuji X-H2S Crash Course is available, leave your name & email on the following blog post: https://tinyurl.com/4ypczxp5

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#FujiXH2STutorial #X-H2STutorial #FujiXH2Straining

0:00:00 - Intro
0:03:20 - Camera Setup
0:09:52 - External Buttons
0:21:24 - How to Change Info Screen
0:23:07 - Image Playback Info
0:23:45 - Symbols & Icons
0:26:24 - Change Monitor Brightness
0:31:11 - Video Shooting Modes
0:34:12 - ISO Demonstration
0:37:12 - Shooting Modes / Exposure Control
0:39:38 - Changing Brightness / Exposure Compensation
0:50:20 - Auto ISO
0:51:51 - Bulb Mode
0:52:57 - Custom Modes
0:55:20 - Filter Modes
0:56:07 - Film Simulations
0:56:46 - Focusing Systems
0:57:12 - How - Shutter Button
0:58:13 - When - Focus Modes
1:00:46 - Manual Zoom Focus
1:01:37 - Where - Focus Clusters
1:06:47 - Eye / Face Detection
1:11:11 - Focus Peaking
1:12:22 - Digital Split Image
1:13:23 - Video Focus
1:16:30 - White Balance
1:21:18 - Drive Modes
1:24:53 - Electronic Shutter Modes
1:27:43 - Quick Menu
1:31:26 - Metering Modes
1:35:06 - Performance Boost Mode
1:36:27 - Lens Recommendations

My new MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers


Fujifilm X-H2S Body

Sennheiser Wireless System

Rhode Go Wireless ii

Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Manfrotto XPRO Magnesium Ball Head

Manfrotto Befree GT Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod with 496 Ball Head

07.11.22         photography  

Fuji XH2S / XH2 Crash Course Training Tutorial Video


Im happy to report I have a Fuji XH2s in hand and taking it through its paces, including a free tutorial coming in the next 24 hours.

The Free Course will be split into 2 parts:

Part 1 - Basic Camera Controls and Operations
Part 2- Deep Menu System

The Fuji XH2s / XH2 Crash Course is designed to add everything else needed to excel with these 2 cameras. These courses are where the fun shooting starts, we talk about both technical and artistic aspects, with the philosophies of use for different shooting types. Michael will take you on real world shooting experiences, synergizing everything all together to show you how to get great results in no time.

The Fuji XH2s / XH2 Crash Course will include:

1. Photography Basics Course
2. Introduction to Lighting
3. Composition Basics
4. Digital Files Basics
5. Advanced Shooting Techniques Using the Camera
6. Portrait Photography
7. Sports Wildlife Shooting
8. Videography Shooting, Including Lights, Microphones, Vlogging, Documentary, & Narrative
9. Introduction To Flash
10. Landscape Shooting, Both Stills and Video
11. Wildlife Videography
12. Advanced Features of the Fuji XH2s and XH2
...and much, much more!

If you are interested in being notified as to when the Fuji X-H2S / X-H2 Tutorial Crash Course is ready, be sure to leave your name and email address in the comments and we will reach out to you as soon as it is ready!

Best wishes!

Michael

07.09.22         photography  

50 Insane Facts About The Apollo 11 Lunar Photoshoot !!


As part of my Historical Photography Series, in this video we are talking the AMAZING effort and planning that went into the Apollo 11 Lunar Photoshoot. I really hope you enjoy it!

All Music was properly licensed with most of it coming from: https://bluefoxmusic.com

Nasa Image Galleries : https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/index.html

Nasa / Hasselblad "Astronaut's Photography Manual"

Michael's Camera Training Videos: http:/www.canontrainingvideo.com
Michael's Digital Photography Crash Course: https://tinyurl.com/24mwdz5t

#apollo11 #NASA #spaceprogram

06.29.22         photography  

Canon R7 Free Training Part 2 - Menu System


CLICK HERE to watch Part 1 of my Canon R7 Tutorial.

The Canon R7 Crash Course is now available for download HERE

Streamable version here: www.maventutorials.com

Join my Canon R7 Facebook Group to get the most out of your Canon R7 and help me trouble shoot

#canonR7Tutorial #R7Tutorial #CanonR7training

0:00:00 - Start
0:01:07 - Image quality
0:07:07 - Dual Pixel RAW
0:07:34 - Still img aspect ratio
0:08:18 - Expo.comp./AEB
0:10:45 - ISO speed settings
0:12:08 - HDR shooting
0:12:55 - HDR Mode
0:13:20 - Auto Lighting Optimizer
0:14:16 - Highlight tone priority
0:14:50 - Anti-flicker shoot
0:15:19 - External Speedlite control
0:16:08 - Metering Mode
0:16:50 - Color space
0:17:10 - Picture Style
0:18:53 - Clarity
0:19:15 - Lens aberration correction
0:20:39 - Long exp. noise reduction
0:21:24 - High ISO speed NR
0:22:25 - Dust Delete Data
0:23:39 - Multiple exposure
0:24:20 - RAW burst mode
0:26:11 - Focus bracketing
0:27:14 - Drive mode
0:28:26 - Bulb timer
0:29:34 - Silent shutter function
0:30:07 - Shutter mode
0:31:21 - Release shutter without card
0:31:35 - IS (Image Stabilizer) Mode
0:31:51 - Auto Level
0:32:07 - Customize Quick Controls
0:33:35 - Touch Shutter
0:34:11 - High speed display
0:34:54 - Metering Timer
0:35:28 - Display simulation
0:37:12 - OVF sim. view assist
0:37:34 - shooting info. disp.
0:39:48 - Reverse display
0:40:01 - VF display format
0:41:03 - Movie rec. size
0:42:02 - Sound recording
0:43:34 - ISO speed settings
0:44:16 - Shutter btn function for movies
0:44:40 - AF operation
0:44:51 - AF area
0:45:26 - Eye detection
0:45:48 - Servo AF
0:49:05 - One-Shot AF release prior.
0:49:34 - Preview AF
0:49:58 - Lens drive when AF impossible
0:50:28 - AF-assist beam firing
0:51:02 - Touch & drag AF settings
0:52:51 - Limit AF areas
0:53:49 - Joystick sensitivity- AF pt select
0:54:07 - Orientation Linked AF point
0:55:11 - MF peaking settings
0:55:21 - Focus Guide
0:56:03 - Lens electronic MF
0:57:12 - Focus ring rotation
0:57:37 - Protect images
0:58:29 - Erast images
0:59:02 - Rotate stills
0:59:24 - Change mov roate info
0:59:46 - Rating
1:00:31 - Image copy
1:01:09 - Print order Photobook Set-up
1:02:01 - RAW image processing
1:02:39 - Creative Assist
1:02:55 - Quick Control RAW processing
1:03:12 - Cloud RAW image processing
1:03:34 - Resize
1:03:54 - Cropping
1:04:24 - HEIF to JPEG conversion
1:04:43 - Slide show
1:05:18 - Set image search conditions
1:06:20 - View from last seen
1:06:46 - Magnification
1:07:34 - image jumpu with selector wheel
1:08:27 - Playback information display
1:09:35 - Highlight alert
1:10:15 - AF point disp.
1:10:42 - Playback grid
1:11:41 - HDMI HDR output
1:12:00 - Wi-Fi Tab
1:12:26 - Record func+card/folder sel.
1:14:46 - File numbering
1:15:17 - File name
1:15:51 - Format Card
1:16:25 - Auto rotate
1:16:35 - Add movie rotate info
1:16:51 - Date/Time/Zone
1:17:10 - Video System
1:17:24 - Help text size
1:18:07 - Headphones
1:18:20 - Power saving
1:18:42 - Screen/viewfinder display
1:19:51 - Screen Brightness
1:20:39 - HDMI resolution
1:20:53 - Touch control
1:21:05 - Multi funcion lock
1:21:24 - Switch (AF/MF)
1:21:45 - Shutter at shutdown
1:22:04 - Sensor cleaning
1:23:09 - Choose USB connection app
1:23:24 - Reset camera
1:23:47 - Custom shooting mode (C1-C3)
1:24:16 - Battery info.
1:24:36 - Copyright information
1:24:54 - Manual/software URL
1:25:30 - Certification Logo Display
1:26:44 - Exposure Level increments
1:27:14 - ISO speed setting increments
1:27:40 - Bracketing auto cancel
1:28:01 - Bracketing sequence
1:28:17 - Number of bracketed shots
1:28:32 - Safety shift
1:29:13 - Same expo. for new apertrue
1:30:01 - AE lock meter. mode after focus
1:30:31 - Set shutter speed range
1:30:50 - Set aperture range
1:31:15 - Direction to set Tv/Av
1:31:31 - Control Ring direction to set Tv/Av
1:31:47 - Switch Primary/Secondary when shooting
1:32:01 - Customize buttons
1:33:13 - Clear customized settings
1:33:31 - Audio compression
1:33:47 - Default Erase option
1:34:30 - Release shutter w/o lens
1:34:56 - Retract lens on power off
1:35:08 - Clear all Custom Func. (C.fn)
1:35:20 - My Menu
1:38:02 - Video Settings
1:39:32 - Movie rec. size
1:43:34 - High Frame Rate
1:44:04 - Digital Zoom
1:44:20 - Sound recording
1:44:59 - AV 1/8-stop incr.
1:45:11 - Movie Auto slow shutter
1:45:47 - Canon Log settings
1:48:46 - Time-Lapse movie
1:49:07 - Movie self-timer
1:49:23 - Remote control
1:49:57 - Zebra Settings
1:50:58 - Standby: low res
1:51:17 - HDMI display
1:51:40 - Time code

My new MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers

Canon R7 Body at B&H

06.28.22         photography  

Canon R7 Tutorial Training FREE Part 1


The Canon R7 Crash Course is now available for download HERE

Streamable version here: www.maventutorials.com

CLICK HERE to watch Part 2 of my Canon R7 Tutorial cover the Menu System.

Join my Canon R7 Facebook Group to get the most out of your Canon R7 and help me trouble shoot

#canonR7 #CanonR7Training #CanonEOSR7
0:00:00 - Start
0:03:19 - Camera Setup
0:12:16 - External Buttons
0:21:05 - Format Card
0:22:16 - Info Button
0:24:16 - Symbols and Icons
0:26:41 - ISO Demonstration
0:44:45 - Focusing Systems
0:58:28 - Eye Detections
1:07:22 - Video Focusing
1:10:19 - Button Customization - Back Button Focusing
1:12:42 - Shooting Modes / Exposure Control
1:13:24 - AV Mode - Aperture Priotity
1:26:58 - TV Mode - Shutter Priority
1:30:52 - Program Mode
1:32:15 - Manual Mode
1:35:46 - FV Mode - Flexibly Priority
1:37:14 - Bulb Mode
1:37:58 - Scene Modes
1:39:08 - Effects
1:39:42 - Custom Modes
1:41:00 - LED Banding Issue
1:45:02 - Drive Modes
1:46:35 - White Balance
1:52:11 - Metering Modes

My new MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers

Canon R7 Body at B&H

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