Michael Andrew Photography http://www.michaelthemaven.com/ Michael Andrew Photography en-us Depth of Field Tests - 5Diii vs iPhone 5 - Does Sensor Size Matter? http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3198&depth-of-field-tests-5diii-vs-iphone-5-does-sensor-size-matter http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3198&depth-of-field-tests-5diii-vs-iphone-5-does-sensor-size-matter Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:39:00 GMT
This is a quick and dirty comparison of the DOF between the Canon 5Diii and the iPhone 5, specifically to demonstrate the image differences between a full frame sensor and a teeny tiny sensor (iPhone), trying to keep all other variables to be somewhat comparable.

Some will argue that quick and dirty is never good, I beg to differ; I try to do quick and dirty before investing a lot of time and effort into "thorough and clean" and in the past this has answered and prevented many problems in deeper testing.

The effective focal length on both cameras are about the same ~35mm. (There is an important distinction between "actual" focal length and "effective" focal length", but most commonly effective focal length is accepted as what we are talking about)

While the ISO and Shutter Speeds are different, this shouldn't play into DOF too much. The aperture on the iPhone is 2.4 and the 5Diii is actually 2.8, which should actually result in a deeper DOF than 2.4. Both shots were taken from the same chair, at very close to the same distance. An important note is that actual file size and resolution of the 5Diii is much larger at 22MP.

What do you see? What can explain this?

Anyway, if anyone thinks I am completely crazy or wrong, I sure would love to see you get that same 2.8 DOF with an iPhone that I did with my 5Diii above.

I could be wrong, just having a hard time wrapping my mind around the images above if DOF is always the same between all sensor sizes, all things being equal, which I have disagreed with.

What do you think? Should I do a more clean and thorough test? Maybe a video?

I hope this demonstrates my position from a " practical , actually shooting position" in creating an image, not from the perspective of "hey lets just argue for the sake of it."

User Kimball Larsen Shot Book Cover Using NEW Maven Adapter http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3197&user-kimball-larsen-shot-book-cover-using-new-maven-adapter http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3197&user-kimball-larsen-shot-book-cover-using-new-maven-adapter Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:50:00 GMT Kimball Larsen shared some of the awesome results he got using the NEW Maven Adapter. He shot a really great cover for a local author's (and his sister-in-law) new book that would not have been possible with the Maven Adapter. He was able to give the author exactly the cover she wanted with this overhead shot.

You can also click here to check out Kimball's full review of the Maven Adapter.

You can get your NEW Maven Adapter by clicking here.

Kimball also got the amazing landscape shot. Before he could not get the camera low enough over the water without nearly falling down the steep shore. It was now easily achieved with the Maven Adapter.

Russian Photographers Light Ice Beneath Lake Biakal For Awesome Effect http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3196&russian-photographers-light-ice-beneath-lake-biakal-for-awesome-effect http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3196&russian-photographers-light-ice-beneath-lake-biakal-for-awesome-effect Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:42:00 GMT
At the time of shooting Lake Baikal had three feet of thick ice covering it's surface. Along the way the ran into several unanticipated logistical problems. The hole they dug wasn't big enough for their light source. They had to enlisted the help of local fisherman with specialized tools to get the job done. After that the debris and scratches created by the fisherman's boots had to be cleaned. It took them an hour to get the surface photo ready.

While the final images isn't particularly mind blowing it's a very cool concept. You can read more on their live journal that was translated by English Russia.


Studio Product Shot Using Smartphone http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3195&studio-product-shot-using-smartphone http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3195&studio-product-shot-using-smartphone Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:14:00 GMT PetaPixel posted this really cool video by Alex Koloskov founder of Photigy. He puts a Hasselblad camera up against the iPhone's camera in a product shot of a glass of liquid.

To take the images he used a single continuous LED light. For the iPhone shot he used the 645 PRO Mk II app (available in the iTunes app store for $3.99). The amazing part is when you compare the Hasselblad shot against the iPhone the difference is minimal and hardly noticeable to an untrained eye. Both are great shots!

Alex states his point clearly in the video. Is it really the lack of expensive gear you have that's holding you back from becoming a better photographer or is it lack of experience, knowledge, and creativity? The proof is in the final images.

This should be inspiring to anyone who can't afford top of line gear. Maybe you can't get those great images that require a nice macro lens but you can take other creative and interesting shots. Work with what you have to learn and grow.


As Alex states on his website, one of these images are from the Hasselblad and one is from the iPhone.

Legendary Type Designer Matthew Carter http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3194&legendary-type-designer-matthew-carter http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3194&legendary-type-designer-matthew-carter Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:26:00 GMT
One of the legends of type design is Matthew Carter. He is the designer behind such famous fonts as Georgia and Verdana. In the below TED Talk video he discusses his career in type design. From analog beginnings, transitioning all the way into the digital world. The talk is fascinating as you begin to understand the level of expertise, knowledge, and skill involved in creating something we all use on a daily basis yet nearly never acknowledge.


Vote for 3Dcre8tor Logo Design http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3193&vote-for-3dcre8tor-logo-design http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3193&vote-for-3dcre8tor-logo-design Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:43:00 GMT

Behind the Scenes Look at Photographing Whales With Darren Jew http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3191&behind-the-scenes-look-at-photographing-whales-with-darren-jew http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3191&behind-the-scenes-look-at-photographing-whales-with-darren-jew Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:57:00 GMT
You can check out the entire article here with a full list of the gear used.

Grand Prize Winner of Michael The Maven's 2013 International Photography Contest http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3190&grand-prize-winner-of-michael-the-mavens-2013-international-photography-contest http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3190&grand-prize-winner-of-michael-the-mavens-2013-international-photography-contest Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:37:00 GMT
Our Grand Prize Winner this year is David Gonzalez for his abstract submission! Congratulations to David as he will be receiving a brand new Canon 5D Mark III. He'll also receive Michael's Canon 5D Mark III Crash Course, the Lighting Crash Course, the Advanced Photography Techniques Crash Course, and a camera bag set courtesy of Think Tank Photo.

Epic Shootout Between Cheetah CL-360 (Shom) vs Speedlite 600 Coming Soon http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3189&epic-shootout-between-cheetah-cl-360-shom-vs-speedlite-600-coming-soon http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3189&epic-shootout-between-cheetah-cl-360-shom-vs-speedlite-600-coming-soon Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:54:00 GMT Canon 600 Ex which is always in my bag. I placed it on a a NEW Maven Adapter, which allowed me to get it close to our model which is the only way you can pull off this kind of shot with harsh sunlight behind the model. I thought it worked out well for what I had lighting wise. We were both shooting with the Canon 5Diii

Processed with Michael Andrew Paintballer Pro Presets

Maven Adapter Information, Tips & Safety Page http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3188&maven-adapter-information-tips-and-safety-page http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=3188&maven-adapter-information-tips-and-safety-page Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:20:00 GMT The NEW Maven Adapter We will have more sample videos and images coming soon and will be posted below as they become available.

Before you do any shooting at all, please carefully watch this video, as well as read the instructions that came with it.

For those of you who have not yet purchased it and are interested, you can do so here:

The Maven Adapter - CLICK HERE

We still have a few more slots open for the coupon code to save you $20: "maven20mm"

The Most important thing about the Maven Adapter is that you guys use your best judgement. If you are unsure or nervous about attempting a shot, do not do it.

Here are the warning and information pages that come with the adapter, also read these carefully before starting:

download Maven-Adapter-Info-Sheet-2.pdf


Gear Recommendations:

This is the Ball Head you should get: Bogen 486RC2 Ball Head

Poles- There are many kinds, I am starting to like the stiletto versions more and more, but keep in mind that you want the strongest one you can afford as it will be the weakest link.

The Most Common Questions I get about it are how to focus and shoot with it. There are at least 5 different ways I can think of off the top of my head:

- 10 Second Timer
- Infrared Remote
- Wifi Connectivity with certain models
- Radio Transmitter Trigger, such as a Pocket Wizard or other device
- The Cam Ranger Product works excellent

What questions can we answer for you about the The Maven Adapter?