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09.10.17         photography  

Nikon D850 Training Video Delayed Until Mid-November


Many of you have been asking what my thoughts on the Nikon D850 are and if there is a training video for it coming. Long story short, despite my best ability to pre-order it, the D850 is sold out EVERYWHERE and will remain so for at least many months.

As of this writing, I have been told that my camera will not be available until mid-to-late October, and after that it will take 3-4 weeks for the review, plus an addition 3-4 weeks for any training video. If this changes I will update you here, but long story short, only a handful of very lucky people will have their hands on a D850 anytime soon.

Thank you in advance for your patience! Ill keep you updated!

09.09.17         movie reviews  

It


"IT" was outstanding. Just great main characters, talking about the kids. Had a very strong sense of "Stranger Things" and almost like "Goonies" but in a Stephen King kind of way. I won't ruin it for you, but if you enjoy a good scary movie, it was very well done. There is a good message in it too about conquering personal fear.

09.08.17         the maven nation - efficiency podcast  

How to Predict the Future – Episode #032


As hurricane Irma approaches Florida, Michael outlines a powerful tool anyone can use to predict the future, today on the Maven Nation!


09.07.17         photography  

Sony 16-35 2.8 G Master vs. Sony 12-35 f4 G | Which Lens to Buy?


How do Sony's new wide angle zooms compare to each other? Which one is sharper? Which has less lens flare? Chromatic Aberration? Distortion? Vignetting? Find out in Michael's new video!



Rent The Sony FE 15-35mm f/2.8 Lens Here

Rent The Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 Lens Here:

Purchase Your Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens Here

Purchase Your Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 Lens Here

Full Disclosure: I am an affiliate of BHphoto.com and I receive a small commission for any purchases made through these links provided. Thanks!

09.06.17         the maven nation - efficiency podcast  

A Tremendous Example of Efficiency - Episode #31



09.05.17         instagram  

I'm working on an advanced course for the Sony A9...


I'm working on an advanced course for the Sony A9 for the next couple weeks. I'm really excited about it, because we go into just about every major shooting topic, including strobe & video. Here is a shot from last nights lesson. The Sony A9 is not just a sports camera, it can do it all. Thank you @jennifer_wolski for the help! #sony #sonya9 #michaelthemaven #crashcourse

09.04.17         the maven nation - efficiency podcast  

How To Estimate The Value of An Entrepreneurial Idea - Episode #30




In the world of online marketing, how can entrepreneurs know where to invest their time and money most efficiently? Michael discusses some simple tools to help beginning entrepreneurs get started in Episode #30 of the Maven Nation!

09.03.17         photography  

Limited Black Maven Straps Available! (See Coupon Below)!!


Thrilled to announce we have a limited number of the new Skinny Maven Paracord Straps in Black Available - and...with a coupon!

The retail price on the skinny straps are $29.95 plus shipping which is nearly $40 regularly. Use this coupon: maven15 to get it shipped for ~$25 with USPS Priority. First come first serve, and additional over our limited inventory will be back ordered at this price, which will take 2-4 weeks to restock.

If you post a picture of your new strap on Instagram with this hashtag: #mavenstrap - you will be entered to win a free strap each month!

We have updated how they connect to the camera- the carabiners are gone for now, and we have soft connectors with buckles that won't scratch or harm your camera, that video will be posted this next week.

Also, we have a very limited number of Red, Blue and Purple left, just request these in the notes of your order and Ill make sure they get out to you.

CLICK HERE - Skinny Maven Strap

09.02.17         photography  

GH5 as a Portrait Camera Tips and Tricks!


While the Panasonic GH5is an amazing video camera, Ive been asked getting quite a bit how it is as a portrait camera. Here are my top tips and suggestions to make it work! Enjoy!

Lens Michael Uses For MFT Portraits: Panasonic 35-100 2.8

09.01.17         the maven nation - efficiency podcast  

Top 6 Ways to Improve Personal Efficiency | Episode #029




If you were to bump into Michael on the street and ask him to tell you the top ways to be more productive in 10 minutes or less, this would be his answer. Enjoy!

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