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.
Info on Special offers & How to be notified below!
To all of you, my faithful supporters! - First I want to say thank you for all of your support over the years! It means so much. I know I haven't been around much because of aid work and now you will understand where any remaining of my time has gone.
I wanted to give you special heads up about the Maven Magnetic Photography Filter line which will launch a week from tomorrow, Oct 4 2022 at 1 pm Eastern on Kickstarter so you can take advantage of some amazing offers.
These MAVEN FILTERS have been in the works for years and I am so proud to finally share them with you. I have put my heart in soul into making these the best filters you will ever use, and want you to be part of the MAVEN family.
VERY IMPORTANT: On the day of launch, there will be a limited number of "Early Bird Specials". These are sold on a first come, first, buy basis. I expect that most, if not all will be sold out on day one. Once each early bird has sold out, the price or the reward package will change. I have designed these first early birds to sell quickly, so the project has a chance of getting life and being funded as quickly as possible. This means they will also be the deepest discounted packages.
The Early Bird Specials include:
1. 1 MAVEN Magnetic Filter any M or L size* with adapter ($49) (A single 82mm retail will be $99-$139 depending on the type)
2. 2 MAVEN Magnetic Filters of the same M or L size, with an adapter ($99)
3. Any complete MAVEN Magnetic kit, all 5 filters, cap, adapter, and case, M or L size $199
(*M or L sizes are 52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72, 77, or 82mm - we will determine your size in a survey once the campaign ends)
(** We will make smaller sizes 43, 46, and 49 available if there is enough traction, as well as 95mm).
Another reason to order as early as possible: We have already ordered a limited number of stock that will be available at the end of the campaign, those who order first will be prioritized, and we will ship these as soon as your supporter questionnaire is answered, meaning many of the early supporters can expect these to arrive sometime in late November, instead of December or hopefully not later.
There are several ways to be notified, I highly recommend doing a couple:
1. Sign up for my newsletter here: http://www.michaelthemaven.com/newsletter-signup/ - We will send a notification out 1 hour before the launch.
2. Take a look at the Pre-Launch Page (Lots of information there) and click on the "Remind Me Button" - This should send a notification out once we launch. Maven Magnetic Pre-Launch page 3. Comment below or message me on any socials to ask for a reminder on the day of the launch and I'll personally message you! Yes me! I'm @michaelthemaven on IG and Twitter. I'll message you once we have launched.
4. Mark your calendar!
I know you are going to LOVE these filters. Thanks again! ~ Michael
PS- I'm sure there will be some questions about traditional threaded filters and will have a video coming soon showing these as well. They will be sold separately outside of the Kickstarter for those who want them, and should be available also on Oct 4, 2022!
If you have a hard time falling asleep, I have an amazing recommendation. I was very skeptical at first, but it comes with a 14 day trial, so I figured what the heck.
This app has knocked me out 5 nights in a row, within about 5 minutes. I keep trying to listen to the same story but I've never finished it! lol
It's basically very soothing voices reading stories. I am a very big believer of not having the phone with you wherever you sleep (to avoid the temptation to look at it, and thus keep you awake), but if you are asleep in 5-10 minutes, it wont matter.
I have struggled with insomnia for almost all of my adult life and having a way to fall asleep quickly (I dont like Ambien) and being to wake up earlier has been a game changer for me.
I believe it works by getting my mind to think about something other than all of the other worries I have in my mind, thus helps shut me down. This is not a sponsored review, I am just very, very happy with it.
00:00 - Start
00:35 - Where Has Michael Been?
02:10 - What happened to Scott during COVID?
03:45- Michael's 90D vs R7 Thoughts
04:39 - When is it time to upgrade as a professional?
05:22 - When is it time to upgrade for non-professionals? (90D vs R7)
06:43 - Is it time to sell EF glass?
09:14 - What is the difference between EF and RF glass?
09:52 - What lenses does Scott shoot with now?
13:45 - Scott Nearly Getting Scammed on Amazon!
16:24 - What is Michael's favorite RF Lens?
I didnt even know this movie existed until last night, knew nothing about it, watched the trailer, and decided to go. There were 3 people in the theater. It really reminded me of a movie called K12, at least the beginning, but also blended the idea that we've seen in many other movies like The Shallows, where you have people stranded somewhere and time is ticking.
Not for the faint of heart, not for anyone younger than 16. That said, if you get nervous of heights, you might have a really fun time watching this in theaters. Slow at times for the sake of character development (which is forgivable). I enjoyed it and worth the price of admission!
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!
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.