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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.


 

01.19.23         photography  

First Unboxing Video of Maven Magnetic Filters by Jeffrey Tadlock


Landscape Photographer, Jeffrey Tadlock, unboxes Maven Magnetic 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

11.08.22         photography  

Maven Color Coded Photography Filters now on IndieGoGo!


A million thank yous to all who backed MAVEN FILTERS on KICKSTARTER! $463,913 worth of filters has been pledged so far!

Some of you have messaged us that you missed the Kickstarter campaign...We are excited to announce that you can purchase the Maven Color Coded Photography & Videography Filters on IndieGoGo InDemand!

This will be your last chance to save up to 50% off the retail price!

11.02.22         photography  

SLASH GEAR Reviews MAVEN Magnetic Filters - "Upgrading Daylight Photography"


Slash Gear has written an article reviewing MAVEN Magnetic Filters. They give a full comprehensive review testing the quality of each filter and are here to tell you what you should know. Give it a read! SPLASH GEAR - MAVEN Magnetic Filters Review

10.30.22         photography  

"A Better Magnetic Filter System // Maven Magnetic Filters" - Nick Page Review


Landscape photographer Nick Page reviews the MAVEN Magnetic Filters. Check out Nick's video review and what he has to say:

"It was time... my previous filter system had let me down for the last time... dropped filters, easily broken filters and Magnets that couldn't hold fast to a lens. These new Maven filters are not only built better, with better materials, but the magnets are strong and positive, color coded for ease of use, the same price once they go to retail... but they are independently owned... The color coded design makes these fast and easy to grab the filter you need. In my opinion they are a better filter in every way."

MAVEN Color Coded Magnetic Photography & Videography Filters

10.25.22         photography  

Variable NDs Are Wacky - Here's what they never told you - CPL vs VND vs Solid ND


"Why aren't you making a Variable Neutral Density Filter (VND)?" Is one of the most common questions I get about my new filter line. This is the video I wanted to make to explain it my reasoning to focus on solid NDs first. I have owned and used VNDs for many years, but I stopped using them back in 2014 after I did a side by side shoot with a buddy who was using a solid ND, and the reason: VNDs create unpredictable color shifts for reasons as simple as connecting them to your camera, or when you are changing the degree of filtration. I wouldn't be opposed to making VNDs in the future either as I know there are many, many users out there who love them, I just want to make sure my customers understand their strengths and weaknesses before purchasing them, vs not telling them and letting them discover this on their own.

I realize many of you will be irritated with me for pointing these issues out. If you are ok with color shifts in your footage, then yes, by all means use them. Some of you are also ok with shooting on AWB and letting the camera adjust this automatically as you adjust filtration. I get it. I personally like to have consistent, reliable color, and make my tweaks to exposure by other means (like ISO, or aperture for example).

If you are in the market for a great set of solid NDs, be sure to check out my MAVEN Magnetic filter line now on Kickstarter!

MAVEN Color Coded Magnetic Photography & Videography Filters

Chapter Markers:

00:00 - Intro
00:28 - No Filter
02:02 - Circular Polarizer (CPL)
04:36 - Variable ND Filter (VND)
08:31 - Solid ND Filter


#mavenfilters #VNDs #circularpolarizerphotographyfilters

10.05.22         photography  

Canon RF Photography Lens Rebates 2022


B&H Photo Video has some really good rebates on Canon RF Photography Lenses going on right now.



Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens : Rebate $20 - Final Price: $129.99

Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM Lens : Rebate $150 - Final Price: $499.99

Canon RF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens : Rebate $400 - Final Price: $999.99

Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens : Rebate $400 - Final Price: $1,999.99

Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM Lens : Rebate $100 - Final Price: $399.99

Canon RF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens : Rebate $200 - Final Price: $2,099.99

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM Lens : Rebate $200 - Final Price: $2599.00

Canon RF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens : Rebate $300 - Final Price: $1,499.00

Canon RF 14-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens : Rebate $400 - Final Price: $1,299.00

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens : Rebate $70 - Final Price: $179.00

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM DS Lens: Rebate $200 - Final Price: $2,899.00

Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM Lens : Rebate $100 - Final Price: $399.99

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens (Silver) : Rebate $70 - Final Price: $179.99


Be sure to check out my new MAVEN Color Coded Magnetic Photography & Videography Filters




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