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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.


 

09.26.22         photography  

MAVEN Magnetic Filters- Sneak Peak - Launching Oct 4 at 1pm Eastern on Kickstarter!


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!

09.25.22         apps!  

Insomnia? - Here is a GREAT Solution - Sleepiest App Review


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.

Highly recommended! Sleepiest App


09.22.22         photography  

Our Favorite Canon RF Lenses - RF vs EF - When to Upgrade - Amazon Lens Scam


Today Michael & Maui Wedding Photographer Scott Drexler answer your questions about RF lenses, When to upgrade, and more. Just two guys taking about their favorite camera gear!

Want a sneak peak at Michaels New MAVEN Filter line launching on October 4th at 1pm Eastern? Check it out: MAVEN Color Coded Magnetic Photography & Videography Filters - Kickstarter


Chapter List:
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?


Canon RF 28-70mm f/2 L USM Lens

Canon RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens

Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM Lens

Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Lens

Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens

#canonrf #rflens #canonmirrorless

08.13.22         movie reviews  

Fall


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!


08.06.22         movie reviews  

Prey (On Hulu)


This is a new PREDATOR movie on Hulu. It takes place in 1720. Our hero is a young Comanche female. It would have done GREAT on the big screen.

It was really, really good! Well worth the watch! Probably in the the top 3 all time of the series.

07.28.22         photography  

Canon R10 Tutorial Training Video Users Guide Part 1


To be notified when the Canon R10 Crash Course is available, leave upper name & email on the following blog post: https://tinyurl.com/5ewdy3ut

Join my Canon R10 Facebook Group to get the most out of your Canon R10 and help me trouble shoot

#canonR10Tutorial #R10Tutorial #CanonR10training

0:00:00 - Start
0:03:24 - Camera Setup
0:09:33 - External Buttons
0:15:35 - Info Button
0:17:10 - Symbols & Icons

EXPOSURE SETTINGS
0:33:38 - ISO Demonstration
0:36:44 - Shot Noise
0:36:53 - Shooting Modes / Exposure Control
0:37:17 - A+ - Auto Mode
0:38:32 - Av - Aperture Priority Mode
0:48:23 - M - Manual Mode
0:48:58 - Tv - Shutter Priority
0:52:15 - P - Program Mode
0:53:36 - Fv - Flexible Priority
0:54:24 - M - Manual Mode
0:57:30 - Bulb Mode
0:59:37 - Custom Modes

FOCUSING SETTINGS
1:04:57 - Focusing Systems
1:07:32 - How - Shutter Button
1:08:17 - When - Focus Modes
1:11:19 - Where - Focus Clusters
1:17:49 - Tracking and Auto Focus
1:21:28 - Face / Eye Detection

1:32:15 - Drive Modes
1:33:55 - White Balance
1:38:51 - Metering Modes
1:41:27 - Lens Recommendations and Accessories

Maven Sensor Cleaning Brush

Canon R10 Body

My new MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers

Sennheiser Wireless System

Rhode Go Wireless ii

Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Manfrotto XPRO Magnesium Ball Head

Manfrotto Befree GT Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod with 496 Ball Head

07.28.22         photography  

Canon R10 Crash Course Tutorial Training Video


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!

Best wishes!

Michael

07.22.22         movie reviews  

Nope!


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.

07.14.22         photography  

Fuji X-H2S Tutorial Training FREE Part 2


Watch Part 1 of my Fuji XH2S Tutorial

To be notified when the Fuji X-H2S Crash Course is available, leave your name & email on the following blog post: CLICK HERE

Join my Fuji X-H2S Facebook Group to get the most out of your Fuji X-H2S and help me trouble shoot: https://www.facebook.com/groups/xh2smtm

#FujiXH2STutorial #X-H2STutorial #FujiXH2Straining


0:00:00 - Start
0:02:42 - IMAGE QUALITY SETTING: Image Size
0:04:34 - Image quality
0:06:37 - Marker 3
0:07:44 - Select JPEG/HEIF
0:08:26 - Film Simulation
0:08:49 - Monochromatic Color
0:09:08 - Grain Effect
0:09:34 - Dynamic Range
0:10:34 - Tone Curve
0:11:02 - Color
0:11:15 - High ISO NR
0:11:44 - Clarity
0:12:05 - Lens Modulation Optimizer
0:12:30 - Color Space
0:12:51 - Pixel Mapping
0:13:17 - Edit/Save Custom Setting
0:14:36 - Auto Update Custom Setting
0:14:58 - Mount Adaptor Setting
0:15:35 - AF/MF Setting: Focus Area
0:17:32 - Focus Mode
0:17:53 - AF-C Custom Settings
0:19:56 - Store AF Mode by Orientation
0:20:49 - AF Point Display
0:21:04 - Number Of Focus Points
0:21:48 - Pre-AF
0:22:09 - AF Illuminator
0:22:40 - Face/Eye Detection Setting
0:23:02 - Subject Detection Setting
0:24:06 - AF+MF
0:24:37 - MF Assist
0:24:52 - Focus Check
0:25:21 - Interlock Spot & Focus Area
0:25:45 - Instant AF Setting
0:26:06 - Depth-Of-Field Scale
0:26:19 - Release/Focus Priority
0:27:03 - AF Range Limiter
0:27:44 - Touch Screen Mode
0:28:49 - SHOOTING SETTING: Filter Setting
0:29:11 - Sports Finder Mode
0:29:53 - Pre-ShotES
0:30:52 - Self-Timer
0:31:34 - Interval Timer Shooting
0:32:28 - Interval Timer Shooting Exposure Smoothing
0:33:53 - AE BKT Setting
0:37:25 - Film Simulation BKT
0:38:12 - Focus BKT Settings
0:38:29 - Photometry (Metering Modes)
0:40:08 - Flickerless S.S. Setting
0:40:41 - IS Mode
0:41:06 - Cooling Fan Setting
0:41:25 - Wireless Communication
0:41:35 - Flash Function Setting
0:42:56 - Movie Settings
0:44:33 - Movie Mode
0:47:06 - Shooting Mode
0:47:19 - High Speed Rec
0:48:53 - Movie Setting List
0:53:47 - Media Rec Setting
0:55:43 - HDMI Output Setting
0:55:59 - Fix Movie Crop Magnification
0:56:11 - F-Log/HLG Recording
0:57:59 - Data Level Setting Video
0:59:24 - IS Mode Boost
1:00:26 - Movie Optimized Control
1:01:00 - Tally Light
1:01:47 - Focus Area (Video)
1:02:26 - AF-C Custom Setting (Video)
1:04:08 - MF Assist - Focus Peaking
1:05:16 - Audio Setting
1:07:17 - Mic Jack Setting
1:09:08 - XLR Mic Adapter Setting
1:11:52 - Set Up: Format
1:12:33 - Language
1:12:47 - My Menu Setting
1:14:30 - Snesor Cleaning
1:15:04 - Battery Age
1:15:27 - Sound Set Up
1:15:53 - Screen Set-up
1:16:37 - Image Disp.
1:17:05 - Preview Exp./WB in Manual Mode
1:17:36 - Natural Live View / F-Log View Assist
1:18:20 - Electronic Level Setting
1:18:55 - Aperture Unit For Cinema Lens
1:19:41 - Dual Display Setting
1:22:22 - Button/Dial Setting
1:22:56 - Edit/Save Quick Menu
1:23:27 - Function (Fn) Setting
1:24:25 - Selector Button Setting
1:25:14 - Shutter AF/Shutter AE
1:26:10 - Lens Zoom/Focus Setting
1:27:11 - Touch Screen Setting
1:28:33 - Lock
1:29:09 - Power Management
1:29:53 - Save Data Set-Up
1:31:41 - Network/USB Setting
1:32:15 - Play Back Menu


My new MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers

Fujifilm X-H2S Body

Sennheiser Wireless System

Rhode Go Wireless ii

Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Manfrotto XPRO Magnesium Ball Head

Manfrotto Befree GT Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod with 496 Ball Head

07.11.22         photography  

Fuji X-H2S Tutorial Training FREE Part 1


Watch Part 2 of my Fuji XH2S Training Tutorial

To be notified when the Fuji X-H2S Crash Course is available, leave your name & email on the following blog post: https://tinyurl.com/4ypczxp5

Join my Fuji X-H2S Facebook Group to get the most out of your Fuji X-H2S and help me trouble shoot: https://www.facebook.com/groups/xh2smtm

#FujiXH2STutorial #X-H2STutorial #FujiXH2Straining

0:00:00 - Intro
0:03:20 - Camera Setup
0:09:52 - External Buttons
0:21:24 - How to Change Info Screen
0:23:07 - Image Playback Info
0:23:45 - Symbols & Icons
0:26:24 - Change Monitor Brightness
0:31:11 - Video Shooting Modes
0:34:12 - ISO Demonstration
0:37:12 - Shooting Modes / Exposure Control
0:39:38 - Changing Brightness / Exposure Compensation
0:50:20 - Auto ISO
0:51:51 - Bulb Mode
0:52:57 - Custom Modes
0:55:20 - Filter Modes
0:56:07 - Film Simulations
0:56:46 - Focusing Systems
0:57:12 - How - Shutter Button
0:58:13 - When - Focus Modes
1:00:46 - Manual Zoom Focus
1:01:37 - Where - Focus Clusters
1:06:47 - Eye / Face Detection
1:11:11 - Focus Peaking
1:12:22 - Digital Split Image
1:13:23 - Video Focus
1:16:30 - White Balance
1:21:18 - Drive Modes
1:24:53 - Electronic Shutter Modes
1:27:43 - Quick Menu
1:31:26 - Metering Modes
1:35:06 - Performance Boost Mode
1:36:27 - Lens Recommendations

My new MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers


Fujifilm X-H2S Body

Sennheiser Wireless System

Rhode Go Wireless ii

Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Manfrotto XPRO Magnesium Ball Head

Manfrotto Befree GT Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod with 496 Ball Head

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