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05.28.16         tutorial & training videos  

Nikon D500 Tutorial Training Crash Course Now Available!


My Nikon D500 Crash Course is now available for purchase by download worldwide: CLICK HERE for Michael's Nikon D500 Tutorial Course

If you own the Nikon D500 you may have found yourself overwhelmed by the professional level settings and features. There's a pretty steep learning curve and it's a lot to take in. This course was designed to get you out there and taking great pictures within a few short hours. My courses are fast and economical in easy to understand lessons.

CLICK HERE to purchase the Nikon D500 Crash Course!

05.27.16         photography  

Quick Beginners Guide to Food Photography by 'We Eat Together'


Food photography is super popular among professionals and amateurs (on social media) alike. It's easy to understand why; we all love food. If done well photographs of food inspire all kinds of feelings. It can look delicious (obviously), like a work of art, or just like a beautiful lifestyle. Some food photos feel like a warm invite to a beautiful location calling you to sit down and dine with friends and family.

Heather & Skyler Burt of 'We Eat Together' are professional food photographers based in Los Angeles. As they explain; food photography is a super competitive market. Learning how to skip beginners mistakes will save you a lot of time and frustration. They were so kind as to share some quick tips to skip these common mistakes. Check it out below.





05.26.16         movie reviews  

X-Men Apocalypse


Caught a sneak peek this evening of X-Men Apocalypse. Hmmm. Mixed feelings about it. Keep in mind I grew up on comic books. More into Wolverine than X-Men, so there is the disclaimer. I can also say how much more I appreciate the incredible amount of work that went into this film, just wow.

This is a good 1.5 hour movie that should have been edited down from its final 2.5 hour movie. There is a slower 1st half and a much better second half. I thought it was good overall and if you enjoyed any of the past X-Men movies you will enjoy this as well. There were some gaping plot holes which required some very creative writing to patch them up.

This is a definite rental if you do not see it in theaters, but I would lean towards seeing it in theaters if you can.

05.25.16         video  

Nikon D500 Sunset Shot by Michael


UPDATE: My Nikon D500 Crash Course Training Tutorial is available for immediate download CLICK HERE

I am most impressed with the overall image quality of the D500 more than anything, the focusing systems are good but there is something very crisp about all the images.

Shot in manual at 24mm.
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/160
ISO: 160
The Nikon D500 Crash Course Training Tutorial is coming soon! If you're interested in being contacted via email upon it's release please leave a comment below.

05.25.16         photography  

Chase Jarvis Explains "The Dirtiest Secret in Photography"


What Chase Jarvis has to say isn't mind-blowing or revolutionary but actually is because as he explains; nobody is talking about it. So what's the "dirtiest secret in photography". It's very simple. Most of photography has absolutely nothing to do with photography. What does this mean? To me, it means that our lives and art are what really inspire great photography. It means inspiration comes from everywhere.

In the video he mentions Brandon Stanton of the now world famous 'Humans of New York'. The thing about Brandon is that his photography is nice but it's the human story paired with the good pictures that make his work special. It's what set him apart from the rest and it's why he's now able to raise over $3 million dollar for pediatric cancer research.

Check out the video below and let me know what you guys think in the comments section.


05.25.16         instagram  

What a great way to end the day. I periscoped this...


What a great way to end the day. I periscoped this #maui #sunset shoot I'm @michaelthemaven there as well.

05.24.16         photography  

4 Minute Video Packed w/Tips on How to Make the Most of Your Next Photowalk


A photowalk is a great way to learn about a city or neighborhood while improving your photography. There are so many great reasons to try one wherever you are right now. They can help you learn spontaneity, courage, creativity, quick thinking, how to approaching strangers and so much more.

The video below is short but sweet - jammed with tons of information in just 4-minutes to help you improve your next photowalk. The phenomenal Swiss photographer Thomas Leuthard shares his tips and insights on how to improve your next walk. Hopefully it'll inspire you to get out there and try one today! Check it out below.

05.23.16         tutorial & training videos  

Nikon D500 Tutorial Part 2 | How To Focus Training


In this video Michael covers the very complex Nikon D500's focusing system as viewer through the optical viewfinder. This includes each way to activate focusing, the different modes, each focusing group an cluster as well as how to move and control each of them. Michael even goes into some of his favorite settings & preferences, techniques, menu suggestions, and back-button focusing. It is just one lesson from his over 4 hour tutorial; Nikon D500 Crash Course which will be available for full download soon.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Michael's FULL Nikon D500 Crash Course Training Tutorial.

05.23.16         instagram  

I like to go texture hunting at botanical gardens....


I like to go texture hunting at botanical gardens. Image quality on #d500 is wonderful, though I am starting to find its weaknesses. This was a 2470 2.8 with some super cheap macro extension tubes handheld. #Maui #botanicalgardens #macro

UPDATE: My Nikon D500 Crash Course Training Tutorial is available for immediate download CLICK HERE

05.22.16         apps!  

Russian App Blurs Lines of Privacy


Technology and privacy concerns seem to go hand-in-hand these days. A facial recognition app has been released in that works in conjunction with Russia's most popular social media network Vkontakte. The app is called FindFace and touts 70% accuracy. Almost everyone in Russia is on Vkontakte and if you have pictures of yourself up chance are good any stranger can take a snap of you in public and find out who are quite easily.

While the idea of anyone being able to track you down is outright creepy, some are reporting possible positive uses. For example; it could help in reporting crime and catch perps. To see a little bit of what the app is all about check out the promo video below.

So what do you guys think? Creepy or cool? Leave your thoughts below.



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