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10.31.14     photography  

Interesting Talk on Why People Are Uncomfortable Being Photographed




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10.30.14     tutorial & training videos  

Canon 7Dii Tutorial Training Video Production is Underway



Been absolutely flooded with questions about the Canon 7Dii, and I am pleased to say that we have it in hand as of this morning and will have already started production on the Canon 7D2 Tutorial Training Video, which we expect to be finished in the next 2-3 weeks.

Im personally very excited about the 7D Mark 2, because Canon hasn't really come out with much interesting body wise since the Canon 70D , (which would also be very interesting to do a side-by-side with).

If you own Canon 7D ii and want to be notified as soon as our training tutorial video is finished, shoot us an email: support(at)michaelthemaven.com and we will contact you directly. Trust me it is much faster and easier than going through the manual.

We will also be making updates to this page as production progresses and should be posting links at that time. Im thinking Nov 15th we should be very close. Thank you for your continued support!

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10.30.14     photography  

8 Legal Cases Every Photographer Should Know


Allen Murabayashi is the co-founder of PhotoShelter and has an article running on PetaPixel right now. It's called '8 Legal Cases Every Photographer Should Know'. It's a very insightful and interesting read. In the often confusing, and now thanks to technology, ever changing world of copyright laws and protection, this article highlights 8 of the most important cases. Check it out here.

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10.29.14     featured photographers  

Another Breathtaking Timelapse by Sean Goebel


In addition to working on his PhD in Astronomy, Sean Goebel creates spellbinding timelapse videos. He studies at the University of Hawaii and about a year ago I featured his Mauna Kea Havens timelapse. His work has been used by Canon and The Discovery Channel among others. Pretty impressive. Check out his newest masterpiece 'Accelerated Moments' below.

Accelerated Moments (Timelapse) from Sean Goebel on Vimeo.



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10.27.14     video  

Cool New Continuous Shot Music Video by OK GO


I've never heard of the band OK Go but apparently they're known for their creative music videos. Their newest video (released just today) is no exception. Using carefully orchestrated choreography and 50-60 takes for one beautiful continuous shot using a camera on a drone. Check out the cool video below.



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10.26.14     featured photographers  

10 Tips That Will Make You a Better Photographer by Scott Robert Lim


Professional international wedding photographer Scott Robert Lim has some no-nonsense tips about making it as a photographer in todays environment. What do you think of what he has to say?


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10.25.14     featured photographers  

Benjamin Von Wong Makes SmugMug Team Look Like Athletic Heroes


Chris MacAskill President of SmugMug wanted some large scale prints to adorn the company's new gym. His idea was that if he used images of the people that actually work for the company, and make them look like athletic superstars, they would be motivated to use the gym. They enlisted the photography genius of none other than Benjamin Von Wong. Check out the video below to see if Benjamin succeeded in making the tech geeks look like athletic heroes.



(He completed this awesome look with just a $20 DIY rain rig, some flashes, and of course his ever present creative ideas.)

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10.24.14     photography  

So-Called Artist Defaces National Parks Post Photos To Instagram


In a story that's outraged the internet, Instagram user "creepythings" (real name Casey Nocket) has posted a bunch of images of herself defacing at least 10 of our National Parks. The story was broken by two hiking enthusiast magazines and made it all the way to the National Parks Service. Their response:

"The National Park Service is investigating reports of vandalism in at least 10 national parks in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, and Utah.

While we canít discuss details of a case under investigation, we take the issue of vandalism seriously. National parks exist to preserve and protect our nationís natural, cultural and historic heritage for both current and future generations. Vandalism is a violation of the law and it also damages and sometimes destroys often irreplaceable treasures that belong to all Americans.

There are forums for artistic expression in national parks because national parks inspire artistic creativity. These images are outside that forum and outside the law."


Chek out the whole story here on PetaPixel.

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10.22.14     photography  

Great Product Photography Tutorial



Fstoppers produced this video with a behind-the-scenes look at how to shoot a beer bottle. While they used a bottle, the setup and information can be applied to many different small products. Check out the video below.


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10.21.14     book reviews  

Interactive Book Of 1,000 Modeling Poses



Commercial photographer Stephen Sebring and supermodel Coco Rocha collaborated to bring us a very ambitious project. Using a 360 degree rig they captured over 1,000 poses from 100 different angles and delivered a massively awesome book. It's over 200 pages and showcases what I'm assuming is every pose imaginable. With the book comes an app that allows the readers to dive further into the interactive aspect of this publication. I can imagine that this book would not only be valuable to photographers but models alike.


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