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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.


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06.23.18         3d printing  

Nikon D7500 Tutorial Crash Course Cover Revealed


Im happy to announce that we have a Nikon D7500 Crash Course Training Video that is nearly completed. Its been out for a while, but adds 4K video and better focusing systems to an already outstanding camera we saw in the D7200. This is one of the many cameras you will see at Costco for sale in a bundle, and truth be told we had so many other projects going on, we never got to it until now.

We will update this page as soon as it is ready for download and we should also be doing a DVD shortly thereafter.
Feel free to leave your name and email address in the comments below, and we will contact you as soon as it is ready.

Best wishes!

Michael

06.22.18         movie reviews  

Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom


For as low of exceptions I had for this film, it was actually pretty ok. Obviously, the first one is still the best, but this is probably one of the better sequels to see in theaters. Definitely a lot of the "save the animals" kind of vibes were way over the top, and some of the motives of certain characters where like, eh, but if you can get past those two things, it was pretty decent!

06.18.18         photography  

Shooting at Jaws (Peahi) - Maui Big Wave Photography - Case Study #2


Had my first Big Wave Shoot last January when the Jaws swells came in. It was my first time shooting there, and I learned some important things that would be invaluable if it is your first time shooting.

Thank you to BHPhoto.com for supplying the Canon 5D IV I used in this shoot. Many great images, but the most important think I learned was REACH of the lens. You really need 800mm to get into the action, and I had to give up AF to get there with my Canon 2x iii Extender.

Enjoy!


06.15.18         movie reviews  

Incredibles 2


Disappointing! I fell right asleep within the first 10 minutes (never a good sign), and for the rest of it (about 2/3's) I was completely bored. This is coming from someone who absolutely loved the first one. Felt very "more of the same", with no real new explored ground. After 14 years, it just didn't have the emotional impact of the first.

Initially I felt that this might be ok for families, but truth is under the surface- it has too many disturbing themes as a friend pointed out.

Skip it altogether.

06.11.18         photography  

Sony A9 Tutorial | Helicopter Shooting a Volcano!


Had a great shoot last week over on the Big Island & was able to book a flight over the volcano. Sony A9 in hand, this is what I learned from my shoot! Enjoy!


06.10.18         tutorial & training videos  

Nikon D850 DVD Cover Print Error! Yikes!


So after a few weeks of selling our latest Nikon D850 Crash Course Tutorial, I was contacted this morning by one of our vendors who informed us of an error on the cover. We are still trying to figure out what happened, as we triple check everything before it goes to press, I get the final OK and it looked good to me at that time, but it looks like the layered original file we sent in had the Canon 70D in it, however that layer was turned off.

Somewhere along the lines it got turned on before printing. This isnt the first time the printing company has made a cover error of this nature, so I am guessing we will have them pick up the tab on this one.

The DVD and its contents are still correct, so until we can get the re-prints made, we will continue to sell them from our website as well as amazon:
Its embarrassing! But at least the DVDs themselves (and the lessons, 5 hours worth) are still ok. Ill update here again as needed. I would imagine we will be sending our stock back to the disk manufacturers for repackaging.

06.08.18         instagram  

From the Heli Last week on the big island...


From the Heli Last week on the big island #luckywelivehawaii #bigisland

06.08.18         movie reviews  

Hereditary


Heard so many rave reviews about "Hereditary" and being that I had a few friends work on and appear in the film, I was actually looking forward to it, as I love a good scary movie. My recommendation on this film as an absolute NO. Yes, there were some technical aspects about it that were amazing, the acting, cinematography, suspense, tension, sound design - top notch. SPOILERS Truth be told, based on the previews, this is not what you think it is about.

This is a movie about the cult and worshipping of demons, and as the film revealed its true nature at the very end, I couldn't but help to think: this feels like The Witch, and when you watch a preview and get an impression that it'll be one thing and you watch it and it turns out to be a propaganda video for satanic cults, yeah thats where I draw the line. I regret seeing it now, and that my money is going towards a filmmaker and producer (Lars Knudsen - also producer of "The Witch"...surprise!) who in my mind are basically devil worshippers. If feels like there is a real push to make the cult mainstream and acceptable, which defies everything good I want in my life. Same thing with Neon Demon, same thing with Rosemary's Baby. Anything involving human sacrifice, especially when it comes to children is in excusable and should be condemned.

The only silver lining on this one is that I can tell you what it is about and encourage you away from it. Had I known what it was about I wouldn't have gone in the first place.

Don't ever see it.

06.08.18         instagram  

Tonight’s sunset Maui - 6-7-18- #maui #sunset...


Tonight’s sunset Maui - 6-7-18- #maui #sunset #sun #nokaoi #luckywelivehawaii

06.06.18         instagram  

Sometimes all we need is a little change in...


Sometimes all we need is a little change in perspective to see the world with new eyes. My mind feels so open after serving in disasters. I’m hopeful to hang on to that mindset permanently. Grateful for the opportunity to be working on my most ambitious photography course ever. Go big or go home! #mavenadapter #skycam #gratitude

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