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03.23.23         photography  

Canon R50 Tutorial Training Video Overview Users Guide Set Up - Made for Beginners


I just releaed my Canon R50 Tutorial Training Video Overview Users Guide Set Up - Made for Beginners on YouTube. Learn how to use your Canon R50 in no time!

00:00:00 - Intro
00:04:03 - Camera Setup
00:12:15 - External Buttons
00:17:32 - Info Button
00:23:39 - Symbols and Icons
00:26:15 - ISO
00:51:00 - Shooting Modes / Exposure Control
00:56:48 - Shutter Speed Barriers
00:57:31 - Exposure Compensation
01:12:32 - Exposure For Video
01:14:47 - Banding In Video
01:18:53 - Focusing
01:19:19 - How - Shutter Button
01:20:07 - When - Focusing Modes
01:23:53 - Where - Focusing Clusters
01:32:01 - Manual Focusing
01:33:46 - Eye and Face Detection
01:39:34 - Manual Focus Peaking
01:41:24 - Touch and Drag Auto Focus
01:44:56 - Video Focusing
01:50:03 - Button Customization
01:52:20 - Customize Control Ring
01:52:56 - Drive Modes
01:55:30 - White Balance
02:01:41 - Metering Modes
02:04:18 - Michael's Lens and Accessories Recommendations


Canon EOS R50 Mirrorless Camera

SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO UHS-I SDXC Memory Card

Canon LP-E17 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack

Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Aluminum Tripod with 494 Ball Head

Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R

Countryman B3 Omni Lavalier Mic

Sennheiser EW 112P G4 Camera-Mount Wireless Omni Lavalier Microphone System

DJI Mic 2-Person Compact Digital Wireless Microphone System

Canon RF-S 18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens

Canon RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens

Canon RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens

Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM Lens

Canon RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens

Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens

Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens

03.23.23         photography  

Canon R50 Crash Course


Canon's newest camera, Canon R50 is the updated version of their Canon M50 camera. Watch my free training Canon R50 Training Video Overview Users Guide Set Up - Made for Beginners and If there is enough interest I will be making a Canon R50 Crash Course. Leave a comment below if you would like me to make a Canon R50 Crash Course.

Best wishes!

Michael

02.17.23         movie reviews  

Quantumania


I loved the first Ant Man movie, and thought as a character they had really maximized what was possible with him around Civil War, as before the first movie he wasn't on my radar.

I was very disappointed with Quantumania. Antman movies are getting progressively worse.

Again, we have this situation where it feels like the producers believe that using branding, A listers and lots of special effects can somehow make up for extremely weak writing. If you saw the previews you already have watched this movie more or less. Very few truly funny lines. Some parts were painful to watch (the Bill Murray scene for example) here you have this amazing actor and they way they edited and wrote his lines, they weren't able to really take advantage of his comedic prowess.

This is a no go.

02.08.23         movie reviews  

Missing



If you go in with lower expectations, it was actually pretty solid! Felt super low budget, but good storyline and many twists and turns that will keep you guessing. Recommended!

02.04.23         movie reviews  

Knock at the Cabin


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I consider myself a big M.Night fan. He is clearly talented and I used to tell myself I would see anything he made, but after watching Knock at the Cabin I am not sure anymore. There were two main problems I had with it:

1. This is really a 10-15 minute concept that was stretched out to be a full length film. If you have watch the preview, you know everything about the movie, and can probably figure out how it unfolds.

(A Spoiler In Password: Cabin)

01.19.23         photography  

First Unboxing Video of Maven Magnetic Filters by Jeffrey Tadlock


Landscape Photographer, Jeffrey Tadlock, unboxes Maven Magnetic Photography Filters and gives a close look inside of it’s components. Check out the first unboxing video! Thank you Jeffrey!

"My Maven magnetic filters from the Kickstarter have arrived for landscape photography! These filters feature color-coded filters, high-quality optical glass, and strong magnets I look forward to giving these filters a full test out in the field in the future.

In this video, I unbox the filters and take a closer look at the components included inside, as well as why I wanted to try this filter kit."

Content:
00:00 - Intro
01:32 - Start the Unboxing
02:52 - Core Filter Kit
09:16 - Hard Shelled Accessory Case
09:53 - Soft Carrying Case
11:06 - Adapter Rings, Step-up Rings, Lens Caps
14:25 - Another look at the Accessory Case
15:20 - More Filter Tech Specs
17:53 - Wrap up

12.28.22         photography  

Free Canon R6ii Tutorial Training Video Overview - Users Guide Set Up - Part 1


To be notified when the Canon R6ii Crash Course is available, leave your upper name & email on the following blog post: HERE

Join my Canon R5,R6 & R6ii Facebook Group to get the most out of your Canon R6ii and help me troubleshoot

#canonR62Tutorial #R6iiTutorial #CanonR6iitraining

MAVEN Color Coded Magnetic Photography & Videography Filters are now on IndieGoGo!
Don't miss out on the Early Bird Specials!

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00:00:00 - Start
00:02:46 - Camera Setup
00:12:07 - External Buttons
00:25:42 - Symbols and Icons
00:43:04 - Q Options
00:48:42 - Video Mode Info
00:52:54 - ISO Demonstration
00:55:55 - Shooting Modes / Exposure Control
00:57:28 - Aperture Priority Mode
01:00:59 - How AV Mode Can Help You
01:02:19 - AV Rules of Thumb
01:04:03 - Changing Brightness in AV Mode
01:10:13 - Tv - Shutter Priority Mode
01:13:24 - Program Mode
01:15:23 - Manual Mode
01:17:41 - Flexible Value Mode
01:19:28 - Bulb Mode
01:20:02 - C1, C2, C3 - Custom Shooting Modes
01:23:47 - Focusing Systems
01:24:08 - HOW - Shutter Button
01:24:47 - When - Focusing Mode
01:28:19 - Where - Focusing Clusters
01:32:25 - Face / Eye Detection
01:38:39 - Manual Focusing Tools
01:41:48 - Back Button Focusing Set Up
01:43:43 - Focusing in Video Mode
01:44:54 - Rack Zoom Focusing
01:46:25 - Video Settings
01:48:08 - White Balance
01:55:39 - Drive Modes
01:57:02 - Metering Modes
01:59:59 - Michael's Recommendations

MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers:

Maven Sensor Cleaning Brush:
Canon R6ii Body

Canon 24-105mm RF

Canon 14-35mm RF

Canon 70-200mm RF

Canon 100-500mm RF

Canon 100-400mm RF

Canon 50mm RF

Canon 16mm RF

Sennheiser Wireless System

Rode Go Wireless ii

Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Manfrotto XPRO Magnesium Ball Head

Manfrotto Befree GT Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod with 496 Ball Head

#mavenfilters #mavenmagneticfilters #magneticphotographyfilters

12.28.22         photography  

Canon R6ii Crash Course Tutorial Training Video


Im happy to announce that I have a Canon RR6ii in hand and am taking it through its paces. So far, it is a beautiful and very capable camera.

Watch my free YouTube tutorial on the Canon R6ii HERE

We are already under production on the full Crash Course! If you are interested in being notified as to when the Canon R6ii 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

12.18.22         customer service  

Free Dec 2022 Giveaway? Not Michael The Maven


Ive gotten a few comments from YouTubers saying that someone imitating is offering a free giveaway in Dec 2022. It isnt me, I am not offering any giveaways at this time.

If you have any links or information, please let us know: support@michaelthemaven.com so we can investigate.

Thank you!

Michael

11.09.22         photography  

Alex Armitage - "I Love Innovation | MAVEN Magnetic Filter Line"


Alex Armitage shares some test images and what he likes about the Maven Magnetic Filters. Check it out!

"Magnetic filters have been around for a few years at this point and just when you think they don't need to be more, you're given something that just makes so much sense it makes all the other systems obsolete."

Timestamps:
0:00 Sunrise Shooting
5:37 Filter Talk

MAVEN Color Coded Magnetic Photography & Videography Filters


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