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Welcome to Michael's blog. Michael Andrew, (aka Michael The Maven) is a freelance producer, photography instructor, tech innovator, and when needed, disaster aid specialist. Disclaimer: Michael is a participant in Bhphoto & Amazon affiliate programs that provides an advertising commission if you purchase through links on this website.


 

01.21.19         photography  

Fuji 8-16 f2.8 (Why it's not worth $2000) vs Fuji 10-24 f4


Im not here to tell you to run out and buy the latest and greatest just because. I prefer to "measure and report". Thank you to BH photo for their continued support, links to these lenses can be found below:

TL/DW - The 8-16 f2.8 is an incredibly well built Fuji XF Pro Red Label lens, but with 20 lens elements it has some limitations in both sharpness as well as exposure. You won't see them unless you are shooting side by side with the 10-24 f4 and really pixel peeping, but at $2000 ($1000 more than the 10-24 f4), I don't think its worth it unless you are a professional making money with your photography. IMO the 8-16 2.8 should be priced around $1100.

Michael's training videos:

Fuji X-T2 Crash Course

Fuji X-T3 Crash Course

PRIVACY and DISCLOSURE:
* Michael The Maven is a participant in the B&H Photo Video affiliate program that provides an advertising commission if you purchase through our links.
* If you purchase something from my affiliate links, I will get a small commission with no extra cost to you.
* Everything stated here is my opinion, and I sometimes make mistakes. I will never recommend a product I do not either use, truly love or think would be the best fit for the situation (often determined by budget).

Fuji X-T3

Fuji 8-16 f/2.8

FUJIFILM XF 10-24mm f/4

Michael's "Maven Straps" here:

SKINNY
Black
Purple
Blue

WIDE
Black
Purple
Army Green
Orange
Blue
Desert Camo

01.19.19         movie reviews  

Glass


There really hasn't been much playing in the last few weeks, but Glass was something I wanted to see since Split.
If you are a fan of Unbreakable you are already going to watch it. It is one of my top 20 favorite movies of all time, though the pacing (editing) is just a touch slow. Felt the same with Glass.

Sometimes I feel like M. Night Shalyman is really good at taking a single incredible idea and spreading it around his dinner plate to make it seem bigger than it is, the opposite of a child who didn't want to eat something would to make it appears as if there is less. The exceptions to this were 6th Sense (his homerun), Unbreakable (also Amazing), and Signs was very, very well written. It was DEEP. Loved that movie.

Im a big fan of him and always will be- he is so talented, but sometimes his arrogance gets the better part of him. This was in full force in The Village, the first time I was actually upset with his writing. I felt betrayed. Too many times it was, the Cry Wolf of movies, "Believe this....no just kidding, believe this instead...no just kidding believe this instead...." It was all downhill after that with the Happening, The Lady in the Water, etc.

Im happy to say, I didn't get that vibe with Glass. One of his best in a long time. It felt very low budget to me, but still very well done.


01.09.19         instagram  

There’s some thing so satisfying about getting a...


There’s some thing so satisfying about getting a 3D print right on the first try! As many on you know, the new Nikon Z6 / Z7 as well as the EOS R have different flange distances which means if you try to use a magnifying loupe to clean them, it won’t work because the distance is different! Sure you could hold it higher, but that would tie a hand up. A customer actually asked me about this, so here’s my solution shipping to him tomorrow. I’ll have them on the store if anyone else wants one, it should also work on the Canon EOS R. I’ll have one coming for Sonys and Fuji’s shortly. ☺️ #nikonz6 #z7 #eosr #sensorcleaning

01.09.19         instagram  

To me this is the biggest news coming out of #CES...


To me this is the biggest news coming out of #CES so far for the camera industry. (there’s also a Sharp camera MFT that does 8k) There are a few things fascinating about the Z6 Pro Res Raw update- it’s the first time I know of a previously released camera has been upgraded by official firmware to allow for RAW video capture, but the fact they are doing it over HDMI is even more impressive! ProRes RAW is about 6x smaller in file size to uncompressed 12 bit 4:4:4, basically looking at about 18-20 GB per minute of 4K video. It’ll be interesting to see how easily (or slowly) it edits, but ProRes is typically super computer processor friendly. I’m excited to try it out! Nikon is also bringing eye detection video focusing to the Z6 Z7 - pretty impressive for a first full frame camera iteration!#prores #atomos #atomosninja #nikonz6

01.07.19         photography  

How Smart Phones are Killing Cameras


Michael's Lolipop Photoshop Action Set:
https://canontrainingvideo.com/presets-actions-c-2/michael-andrew-lollipops-photoshop-action-set-p-5.html

Michael's Training Videos:
https://canontrainingvideo.com

Michael The Maven Camera Straps:

Olive
Black
Orange
Desert Camo
Blue


Stock Footage used from www.BigStockPhoto.com

video credits:
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/video-78767177 from alexvideos/Bigstock

https://www.bigstockphoto.com/video-83772749/ from jakerbreaker2/Bigstock

https://www.bigstockphoto.com/video-77712476/ from Maxvideo74/Bigstock

https://www.bigstockphoto.com/video-83974469/ from Vulk2/Bigstock

https://www.bigstockphoto.com/video-77419004/ from Stock4KVideo/Bigstock

01.04.19         photography  

Depth of Field Conference


B&H Photo Video Pro-Audio is proud to present the second annual Depth of Field conference. Over the course of two days, photographers looking to elevate their craft will experience the hottest gear, hands on demonstrations, interactive experiences, portfolio reviews, inspirational
and motivational speakers and more! Find out more information about this event from the following link:B&H Depth of Field Conference

Featured Speakers:
Albert Watson
Peter Hurley
Tomayia Colvin
Jide Alakija
Sam Hurd
Petronella Lugemwa
Andy Marcus
Ryan Brenizer
Rachel Jo Silver
Melchior DiGiacomo
Susan Stripling
Cory Rice

01.01.19         instagram  

Snow tubing today! It was really fun! ❄️


Snow tubing today! It was really fun! ❄️

12.31.18         photography  

Why Paracord Camera Straps & Set Up



You can order them now on Amazon

My straps can be found both on Amazon:

Wide Black

Wide Bright Blue

Wide Army Green

Wide Orange

Wide Desert Camo

Black - Skinny

12.29.18         instagram  

We had so much fun these last two days. It’s been...


We had so much fun these last two days. It’s been amazing to unplug. I haven’t thought about work, so that’s been amazing. It’s interesting how good food and hot tubs are after a fun day on the slopes with friends. Now for dinner, #bama , and a game of a Risk! ☺️

12.28.18         instagram  

Snowboarding today in Idaho ☺️


Snowboarding today in Idaho ☺️

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