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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.


 

04.19.19         video  

Canon C700 Showing Banding Issues with C Log 2




C700 users beware of CLOG2 with any higher ISOs!

Ive personally seen high dynamic range banding issues now on 3 separate Canon cameras, the 5D4, the EOS R (see my videos in the links below) and now the C700. I have also seen posts of it happening in the C300ii. It seems to stem from very bright images in the left side of the frame.

Ive also been in communication with many customers who have attempted to return their cameras for repair, and the answer many are getting from Canon are now:

"This exceeds the performance abilities of the sensor."

Ive never heard of such a thing and this kind of banding does not exist on other camera sensors.

Im a big fan of Canon, but what I am not a big fan of is my friends spending ton of money on Canon gear and not being able to use them in a way they would other camera systems.

I am willing to bet the problem likely exists on other Canon cameras as well, though I haven't tested them yet. Likely to happen soon.

Have you had a banding problem with your Canon? If so which model?

04.07.19         photography  

Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R Coming Soon | Register Here to be Notified


Production on the Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R0 Crash Course Tutorial Training Video is underway. I have already posted the Camera Operation of this course for FREE on youtube which you can find here: Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R Training Tutorial Overview . Many have asked why I give away so much free information, and the main reason is I want to demonstrate I can help you learn your camera fairly quickly, and if you enjoy it, you would want to continue to invest in your Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R education. Thats all there is to it! The course is expected to cost just $39.95!

(Also- we do not publish these comments requesting to be contacted, so if you do not see it appear in the comments after you submit it, do not worry! :)
This Course comes with a 1-hr photography crash course that I normally charge $20 for. It will get you up to speed in no time on the photography basics, including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, Depth of Field (DOF) composition, digital files, lighting, compression, histograms and more!

TheFuji X-T30 Crash Course topics include:
- Landscape Shooting Techniques (Stills and Video) With the Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R
- Interval Shooting
- Time Lapse Movie
- Using Filters
- Sports Shooting Techniques Settings & Techniques
- Basic Portrait Lighting
- Portait Techniques
- Which Flash System to Invest in to Save over $600
- Understanding Flash & Strobe with the Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R
- Multiple Exposure Mode techniques
- Bracketing Techniques
- Shooting for Interiors
- Focus Stepping for Macro
- Over 1 hour of Video Shooting Techniques and Strategies
- Narrative Video Shooting Settings & Techniques (Filmmaking) With the Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R
- Documentary Style Video Shooting Settings & Techniques With the Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R
- Vlogging Video Style Shooting Settings & Techniques with the Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R
- Audio Recommendations, Mics, Cleaning
- Video Shooting Tools and Must Haves
- Comprehensive Deep Menu System & Recommendations
- Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R Sensor Cleaning
...and Much Much More!

I also add lessons upon request, so these courses grow, and all additional updates come at no extra cost.

Keep in mind this all comes with a 100% money back guarantee!

So if you are interested in maximizing what you can do with your Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R and want to be notified as soon as the first version of the Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R Crash Course is ready, leave your name and email address in the comments below and we will reach out to you as soon as it is ready.

Thank you for your support! ~ Michael



03.29.19         photography  

Canon's Left Eye Problem | EOS RP M50 Usability




The left eye problem deals with cameras which lack a joystick and are asking photographers to use their right thumbs on the touch screen while looking through the viewfinder to move their focusing squares. The left eye problem is not unique to Canon, the Sony A6400 has the same issue, as well as a few other cameras. The reason Im picking on Canon is because I have seen this 3 times now on the Canon R, RP and M50.

200/566 users polled are left eye shooters. Ive heard from several of them who have returned their cameras over this accessibility issue on these Canon cameras. 1/3 is a big chunk of customers, so Canon may want to reconsider this design problem.

BTW- I really like the RP overall and am keeping mine for 1 specific reason Ill discuss in an upcoming video. Its a GREAT camera.

03.23.19         photography  

Complete Fuji X-T30 Crash Course Tutorial Training Now Available!


The Fuji XT30 Crash Course Tutorial Video is now available!

You can purchase it from the following link: Fuji X-T30 Crash Course Training Video Lessons.


I have already posted the Camera Operation of this course for FREE on youtube which you can find here: Fuji X-T30 Training Overview Video. Many have asked why I give away so much free information, and the main reason is I want to demonstrate I can help you learn your camera fairly quickly, and if you enjoy it, you would want to continue to invest in your Fuji X-T30 education. Thats all there is to it! The course is expected to cost just $39.95!

(Also- we do not publish these comments requesting to be contacted, so if you do not see it appear in the comments after you submit it, do not worry! :)
This Course comes with a 1-hr photography crash course that I normally charge $20 for. It will get you up to speed in no time on the photography basics, including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, Depth of Field (DOF) composition, digital files, lighting, compression, histograms and more!

TheFuji X-T30 Crash Course topics include:
- Landscape Shooting Techniques (Stills and Video) With the Fuji X-T30
- Interval Shooting
- Time Lapse Movie
- Using Filters
- Sports Shooting Techniques Settings & Techniques
- Basic Portrait Lighting
- Portait Techniques
- Which Flash System to Invest in to Save over $600
- Understanding Flash & Strobe with the Fuji X-T30
- Multiple Exposure Mode techniques
- Bracketing Techniques
- Shooting for Interiors
- Focus Stepping for Macro
- Over 1 hour of Video Shooting Techniques and Strategies
- Narrative Video Shooting Settings & Techniques (Filmmaking) With the Fuji X-T30
- Documentary Style Video Shooting Settings & Techniques With the Fuji X-T30
- Vlogging Video Style Shooting Settings & Techniques with the Fuji X-T30
- Audio Recommendations, Mics, Cleaning
- Video Shooting Tools and Must Haves
- Comprehensive Deep Menu System & Recommendations
- Canon RP Sensor Cleaning
...and Much Much More!

I also add lessons upon request, so these courses grow, and all additional updates come at no extra cost.

Keep in mind this all comes with a 100% money back guarantee!

Thank you for your support! ~ Michael

You can purchase the course here: Fuji XT30 Crash Course Training Tutorial Video

Michael's Fuji Lens Recommendations:

FujiFilm XF 16-55mm f2.8

FujiFilm XF 50-140mm f2.8

FujiFilm XF 100-400 f4.5-5.6

FujiFilm XF 10-24mm f.4

FujiFilm XF 8-16mm f2.8

FujiFilm XF 18-55mm f.2.8-4

03.22.19         movie reviews  

Triple Frontier | Netflix


If you want to watch one good movie this weekend, this is it. Really great cast, excellent action, it's exciting with a strong message. Plus its free if you already have Netflix.

I feel like the independent streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon Prime are really muscling their way in. Theaters are going to have a hard time keeping up at this pace because of the $$ these companies are investing, without the costs of distribution to theaters.

03.22.19         movie reviews  

US


Jordan Peele's Get Out in 2018 really launched him onto the movie scene. Super talented and creative. It was a wonderful horror film while also directly exploring sensitive racial aspects of our society. It was just so well done. I had very high hopes for "Us"
Interesting premise, but there were few major flaws with it:

1. It was trying to do too much. It felt like Peele was trying so hard to deliver on symbolic messages to "us" about "ourselves", and much of this was still unclear what these lessons were when watching. You go into the film expecting a horror flick, but thats not really what it was. I think it might actually be more enjoyable if you watch it from the perspective of "nothing in this movie is reality, rather symbolic only".

2. It was dreadfully slow. He even had one of the characters say "We want to take our time". This is a 20 minute idea stretched out to 2 hour film. Difficult to suspend disbelief, and there is a lot of weird, unexplained "rules" of this universe that not only dont make any sense, but I ran out of patience trying to decipher it all, because I didnt feel empathy for the characters.

I hate to say it, because I still believe Peele is one of the most talented writer/directors out there, but I cannot recommend it. This is a skip completely.

03.19.19         michael's insights  

Has National Geographic Exploited the Unprotected? My Thoughts on the Afghan Girl Controversy




No one has asked me to make this video.

This video is not sponsored, nor is monetized.

I am making it because it is something I feel passionate about & all things expressed here are my own opinions. I feel tremendous empathy for children who suffer.

I am adding links to the resources to many of the points I have made, but these are not comprehensive, do your own research with an open mind and heart and come to your own conclusions. You are welcome to disagree and I can respect your opinions. If you feel passionate about it, make a video and publish it, even if you disagree!

TL/DW : Do not mess with children!

Especially if they do not have the protections we do! Even more so when they are marginalized, orphans, refugees or otherwise!

For over 100 years National Geographic has been the go to source for stories and images about the cultures of our world. We likely agree it has been spectacular in regards to providing the best images and stories to offer in this regard, and in the vast majority of cases, there are no issues. In the mid-80's it's circulation was about 12 million, and one of the biggest stages at the time for images.

Steve McCurry, one of the most famous and talented photojournalists of our time, took the portrait of "Afghan Girl", most of us have seen.

There's just one problem... she didn't want her picture taken and attempted to cover her face. Through a translator, McCurry asked her teacher to tell her to do so for the sake of the greater good, bringing awareness to their situation. She has gone on record saying she was angry at the time. A few posed shots were taken some with and at least one without the face covering, after which she ran off.

McCurry has stated he knew it was a special portrait, yet he didn't get her name. That image went through a team of editors who decided to put it on the cover.

The question I have....if they didn't have a name, how could they have legal permission? How could the image go through at least 3 different people, if they didn't? How many other times has this happened?

If no legal permission was given, was this young woman's right to privacy violated?

As a society, we need to get away from "poverty porn", or commercializing those in compromised living conditions or those suffering, especially if they do not want their image used on a big stage.

Tony's Videos:
1- https://youtu.be/RuFKpaV_jjo
2- https://youtu.be/1q_NAEaiC9M

Sources I quote in this video:

The Washington Post Chat Interview with McCurry: (Many important questions are answered here, including if he had permission or paid her):https://wapo.st/2HGYL6f

BBC Interview & Sharbat Gula's mixed feelings, how there were more negatives than good, yet she was also proud of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfY2zfv7_V0

Steve Speaks about Afghan Culture in regards to photographing females: https://youtu.be/Mal2e4TBpPQ?t=268

Petal Pixel's McCurry Photoshop Scandal:

https://petapixel.com/2016/05/06/botched-steve-mccurry-print-leads-photoshop-scandal/

https://petapixel.com/2016/06/07/eyes-afghan-girl-critical-take-steve-mccurry-scandal/

Steve Responds:https://bit.ly/2TOKoEo

Time Article About Steve No Longer Being a Photojournalist, & Editor Sarah Been going on record about being proud of the image, yet the importance of the distinction between Photojournalism vs Other genres: http://time.com/4351725/steve-mccurry-not-photojournalist/

Steve States He Got Permission, but that both parents were dead: https://bit.ly/2YaGNyL

Steve Talks about the importance of permission & respecting privacy: https://youtu.be/iZktvSKW3Mw?t=441

Bob Gilka Had The Final Say: https://wapo.st/2HucEpl

Auction Prices For McCurry's Work: https://bit.ly/2HG5KfT

Nat Geo Sells Auctions Image for $147,000: https://wapo.st/2HJlfn5

Nat Geo Admits to Racism: https://on.natgeo.com/2tCCJwd

Steve Speaks Out About her arrest & violation of human rights: https://bit.ly/2FjEwbV

FAIR USE STATEMENT
This video may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. This material is being made available within this transformative or derivative work for the purpose of education, commentary and criticism is being distributed without profit and is believed to be “fair use” in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

03.08.19         photography  

Complete Sony A6400 Crash Course Tutorial Training Now Available!


The Full Sony A6400 Crash Course Tutorial Training Video is now available for purchase. You can purchase the course from the following link:

Sony A6400 Crash Course Training Video Lessons

I have already posted the Camera Operation of this course for FREE on youtube which you can find here: Sony A6400 Tutorial Training Video

Many have asked why I give away so much free information, and the main reason is I want to demonstrate I can help you learn your camera fairly quickly, and if you enjoy it, you would want to continue to invest in your Sony A6400 education. Thats all there is to it!
This Course comes with a 1-hr photography crash course that I normally charge $20 for. It will get you up to speed in no time on the photography basics, including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, Depth of Field (DOF) composition, digital files, lighting, compression, histograms and more!

The Sony A6400 Crash Course topics include:
- Landscape Shooting Techniques (Stills and Video) With the Sony A6400
- Interval Shooting
- Time Lapse Movie
- Using Filters
- Sports Shooting Techniques Settings & Techniques
- Basic Portrait Lighting
- Portait Techniques
- Which Flash System to Invest in to Save over $600
- Understanding Flash & Strobe with the Sony A6400
- Multiple Exposure Mode techniques
- Bracketing Techniques
- Shooting for Interiors
- Focus Stepping for Macro
- Over 1 hour of Video Shooting Techniques and Strategies
- Narrative Video Shooting Settings & Techniques (Filmmaking) With the Sony A6400
- Documentary Style Video Shooting Settings & Techniques With the Sony A6400
- Vlogging Video Style Shooting Settings & Techniques with the Sony A6400
- Audio Recommendations, Mics, Cleaning
- Video Shooting Tools and Must Haves
- Comprehensive Deep Menu System & Recommendations
- Sony A6400 Sensor Cleaning
...and Much Much More!

I also add lessons upon request, so these courses grow, and all additional updates come at no extra cost.

Keep in mind this all comes with a 100% money back guarantee!

Thank you for your support! ~ Michael

Michael's Sony Lens Recommendations:

Sony E PZ 16-50mm f3.5 - 5.6

Sony E 55-210 f4.5-6.3

Sony FE 50mm f1.8

Sony E 50mm f1.8 OSS

Sony 28-70mm f3.5-5.6 OSS

Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD

Sony FE 16-35mm f2.8 GM

Sony FE 24-70mm f2.8 GM

Sony FE 70-200mm f2.8 GM

Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM OSS

Green Extreme 2 Pack NP-FZ100 Battery and Compact Smart Charger Kit

SmallRig Cage for Sony A6400 2310

03.04.19         tutorial & training videos  

Complete Canon RP Crash Course Tutorial Training Now Available!


The Canon RP Crash Course Training Tutorial Video is now available for purchase.
You can order it from the following link:
Canon RP Crash Course Training Video Lessons

I have already posted the Camera Operation of this course for FREE on youtube which you can find here: Canon RP Tutorial Overview Video Many have asked why I give away so much free information, and the main reason is I want to demonstrate I can help you learn your camera fairly quickly, and if you enjoy it, you would want to continue to invest in your Canon RP education. Thats all there is to it!

Here is the Cover, more details below!
The Canon RP Crash Course is designed primarily for beginning and intermediate photographers who are just getting started with their new camera, and are struggling with the many & complex skill sets needed to really take advantage of the RP. One of the most common things I hear when I teach my students is "I had no idea I could do that!".

I've already started working hard on this, and here is a still from just part of the Sunset Shooting lesson (I will show you exactly how I took this on my Canon RP):
Cameras are very, very complex, but on top of that all, you still need to know about many other things, the photography basics, lighting, composition, digital files, planning & troubleshooting, customizations, menu systems, and then the different philosophies for all the types of real world shooting. It took me about 2 years of trial and error (we didnt even have youtube when I started back in 2003!) and this course is designed to cut that learning curve into a few hours. I promise it will be the best educational investment you can make for your new Canon RP.

This Course comes with a 1-hr photography crash course that I normally charge $20 for. It will get you up to speed in no time on the photography basics, including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, Depth of Field (DOF) composition, digital files, lighting, compression, histograms and more!

The Canon RP Crash Course topics include:
- Landscape Shooting Techniques (Stills and Video) With the Canon RP
- The Canon RP's HDR Still and Video Shooting Features, including:
- Interval Shooting
- Time Lapse Movie
- Using Filters
- Sports Shooting Techniques Settings & Techniques
- Basic Portrait Lighting
- Portait Techniques
- Which Flash System to Invest in to Save over $600
- Understanding Flash & Strobe with the Canon RP
- Multiple Exposure Mode techniques
- Bracketing Techniques
- Shooting for Interiors
- Focus Stepping for Macro
- Over 1 hour of Video Shooting Techniques and Strategies
- Narrative Video Shooting Settings & Techniques (Filmmaking) With the Canon RP
- Documentary Style Video Shooting Settings & Techniques With the Canon RP
- Vlogging Video Style Shooting Settings & Techniques with the Canon RP
- Audio Recommendations, Mics, Cleaning
- Video Shooting Tools and Must Haves
- Comprehensive Deep Menu System & Recommendations
- Canon RP Sensor Cleaning
...and Much Much More!

I also add lessons upon request, so these courses grow, and all additional updates come at no extra cost.

Keep in mind this all comes with a 100% money back guarantee!

Thank you for your support! ~ Michael

You can order it from the following link:
Michael's Canon RP Tutorial Training Video

02.25.19         video  

Incredible Value LED Video Light | GVM 480 LS



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