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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.


 

09.21.19         instagram  

Let’s go Cougars!! One of the best if not the best...


Let’s go Cougars!! One of the best if not the best scenic stadiums in the country. The atmosphere is incredible. So many great memories and friends here. #byufootball

09.19.19         photography  

Canon 90D Tutorial Training Overview & Tips Video


If you would like to be notified when the Full Canon 90D Crash Course Training Tutorial Video will be available, Please visit the following link and leave you name and email address in the comments section
Canon 90D Crash Course

00:02:05 - External Buttons
00:11:50 - Camera Setup
00:17:03 - Back LCD
00:20:25 - Info Screen
00:20:49 - Quick Menu
00:24:40 - Video Quick Menu
00:27:05 - Black Q Screen
00:30:04 - Custom Controls
00:31:31 - Touch Screen
00:33:28 - Exposure control
00:34:56 - Aperture Priority
00:45:16 - Shutter Priority
00:46:48 - ISO
00:49:52 - Program Mode
00:51:11 - Manual Mode
00:52:51 - Auto ISO
00:54:29 - White Balance
00:56:57 - Custom WB
01:00:18 - Metering Modes
01:03:07 - Focusing Systems
01:04:57 - Focusing Modes
01:05:40 - Recomposing
01:07:43 - Focusing Clusters
01:11:26 - Continuous AF
01:12:19 - Face / Eye Detection
01:14:00 - Pulling Focus
01:14:54 - Manual Zoom Focusing
01:15:43 - Manual Focus Peaking
01:16:52 - Back Button Focusing
01:19:03 - Video Focusing
01:22:02 - Menu System
01:23:40 - Image Quality
01:27:18 - Still img aspect ratio
01:27:51 - Image Review
01:27:59 - Release shutter without card
01:28:16 - Lens aberration correction
01:29:20 - Flash Control
01:30:02 - Expo.com./AEB
01:31:23 - ISO Speed settings
01:32:31 - Auto Lighting Optimizer
01:32:48 - Highlight tone priority
01:33:15 - Metering Timer
01:34:01 - Expo.simulation
01:35:06 - White Balance
01:35:13 - Custom White Balance
01:35:21 - WB Shift/Bkt.
01:35:58 - Color Space
01:36:09 - Picture Style
01:37:24 - Long exp. noise reduction
01:37:46 - High ISO speed NR
01:37:54 - Duste Delete Data
01:38:29 - Shutter mode
01:40:18 - Live View Shoot
01:40:29 - Multiple exposure
01:41:25 - Interval timer
01:41:59 - Bulb timer
01:43:04 - Focus Bracketing
01:43:53 - AF Method
01:44:00 - Eye Detection AF
01:44:07 - Continuous AF
01:44:41 - Lens electronic MF
01:45:05 - AF-assist beam firing
01:45:18 - MF Peaking Settings
01:45:36 - Video Shooting Settings
01:47:18 - Sound Recording
01:48:34 - Movie digital IS
01:48:49 - Lens aberration correction
01:48:56 - Time-lapse movie
01:50:02 - Remote control
01:50:08 - Video snapshot
01:50:25 - HDMI info dis
01:50:56 - Shooting Video With LED Lights
01:52:08 - Anti Flicker
01:52:40 - Mirror Lockup
01:53:07 - Protect Images
01:53:53 - Rotate Images
01:54:12 - Erase images
01:55:24 - Print Order
01:56:08 - Creative Filters
01:57:55 - RAW image processing
01:58:57 - Creative Assist
01:59:44 - Quick Control RAW processing
02:00:04 - Red-eye correction
02:00:22 - Create Album
02:00:30 - Cropping
02:01:04 - Rating
02:02:07 - Slide Show
02:02:38 - Set image search conditions
02:03:18 - Image jump w/ Wheel
02:03:52 - Playback information display
02:05:06 - highlight alert
02:05:55 - AF point disp.
02:06:26 - View from last seen
02:06:43 - WiFi Settings
02:07:35 - Select Folder
02:08:00 - File numbering
02:08:39 - Auto rotate
02:08:56 - Formate Card
02:09:42 - Auto power off
02:09:52 - Disp. Brightness
02:10:03 - Date/time/Zone
02:10:09 - Language
02:10:16 - Video System
02:10:26 - Touch Control
02:11:11 - Sensor Cleaning
02:12:54 - Viewfinder Display
02:13:16 - Info Button Display options
02:13:33 - HDMI resolution
02:13:44 - HDMI HDR output
02:14:54 - Multi function Lock
02:15:36 - Custom shooting mode (C1,C2)
02:16:50 - Clear all camera settings
02:16:55 - Copyright information
02:17:33 - Manual/Software URL
02:18:02 - Custom Settings
02:21:34 - My Menu Settings
02:24:39:25 - Michaels Recommended Lenses/Outro


Canon 90D Body Only

Canon 90D with 18-135mm Lens

#Canon90D #Canon90DTutorial #Canon90DSetUp

09.19.19         photography  

Canon 90D Crash Course Coming Soon!


The Canon 90D Crash Course Tutorial Training Video is now in production! If you would like to be notified when the course is available for purchase, please leave your name and email address in the comment section below. Your information will remain private.

I have already posted the Camera Operation of this course for FREE on youtube which you can find here:Canon 90D 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 Canon 90D education. Thats all there is to it! The course is expected to cost just $39.99!

09.13.19         photography  

Are UV Filters the Snake Oil of Photography? | Are UV filters a Scam?


- Why do companies sell UV filters if UV filtration for digital sensors isn't needed (digital sensors are not sensitive to UV light)?
- Why do they "fake" UV filtered images?
- Why do they talk about Blue Light Removal but cannot demonstrate it in real world conditions?
- UV filters offer little to no impact resistance as clearly demonstrated here in Steve Perry's great tests. (Steve Perry's "UV Filters - Do You Need Them Or Not?"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0CLPTd6Bds)

- I agree there are very limited situations where UV filters can prevent dust, sand or minor liquids from reaching the front of the lens (and only the front of the lens), but any shooting in very heavy moisture conditions should be done in a waterproof housing.

- All of this leads me to believe the only real time UV filters are useful, are for minor front shielding of dust and light spray, and sure there is a time and place for that, but for ALL photographers and All lenses? Pure non-sense.

This is why I have a problem when I read the descriptions from manufacturers all pitching cures that do not necessarily apply to their very own UV filters. They are literally lying by telling customers the UV filters will do something they do not.

Full CBS 60 Minuets interview with Andrea Guerra

Michael's "10 Stop ND Filter Color Shootout"

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Michael's Training Videos & ND filters

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09.10.19         instagram  

My new friends sure love to eat. I’ve never had...


My new friends sure love to eat. I’ve never had such a variety of new and interesting food. The cup of white stuff is some kind of egg desert, it was amazing, The last picture is blood pudding. It tasted like meat flavored jello. I try everything I think I can handle - it’s been very educational!

09.09.19         photography  

Why Program Mode with Flash for Event Shooting is best for beginners


One of the most common questions I get is about shooting events for the first time with a flash. This is not a simple answer as every camera system treats flash a little differently. The safe, shoot answer is P Mode with ETTL if you are unsure. Many camera systems (not all) will detect a flash in AV mode and turn it into a slow sync mode, which drags the shutter speed, even up to 1 second of longer in some cases. You do not want this in event photography. Some Canon cameras will let us set the shutter speed limits and in those cases, you would be ok. There are some other options such as shooting in manual with a locked in SS, and using ETTL.

I hope this clarifies your questions! Best wishes!


Michael's Training Videos

Michael's CANON 600EX-RT SPEEDLITE CRASH COURSE TRAINING TUTORIAL

Michael's CANON 580 / 430 SPEEDLITE CRASH COURSE TRAINING TUTORIAL


Michael's Camera Straps:

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WIDE
Black:
Blue
Army Green
Orange
Desert Camo

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09.05.19         photography  

The 1st Photographer - Joseph Nicéphore Niépce


Joseph Nicéphore Niépce is likely who should be considered as the first photographer. Something I appreciated about his journey was that this was something he was working towards, it was not an accident. What is classified as the first photograph, "A View from Le Gras" 1826 is on display at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Tx

Michael's Training Videos

MAVEN 100X100MM ND64 6 STOP FILTERS

MAVEN 84X84MM ND64 6 STOP FILTERS

MAVEN 100X100MM ND1000 10 STOP FILTERS


Michael's Camera Straps:

SKINNY
Black


WIDE
Black:
Blue
Army Green
Orange
Desert Camo

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09.05.19         photography  

What Is An Aspherical Lens?


Ever wonder what is meant by the term "aspherical lens" when reading about a lenses construction? Today I will quickly define what it is, what it does, and what some of the benefits may be over spherical lenses. Enjoy!

What difficult photography concept do you want me to tackle next?

Michael's Training Videos

MAVEN 100X100MM ND64 6 STOP FILTERS

MAVEN 84X84MM ND64 6 STOP FILTERS

MAVEN 100X100MM ND1000 10 STOP FILTERS


Michael's Camera Straps:

SKINNY
Black


WIDE
Black:
Blue
Army Green
Orange
Desert Camo

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08.29.19         photography  

Cheating Photographers


We often talk about the how-to for camera gear and lenses, but rarely do we discuss the ethics of photography. Today we will be reviewing famous examples where photojournalists, those who have taken on ethics standards, have been caught cheating.

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NPPA Code of Ethics

If you are interested in more bad photojournalism, check out the following websites, there are way more than we covered here:


http://www.alteredimages.com
http://famouspictures.org/altered-images

Reuters Bans RAW Files

Purchase the Viltrox 20mm f1.8 Z Mount from Amazon

Michael's Nikon Z6/Z7 Crash Course Training Tutorial

Michael's Training Videos

MAVEN 100X100MM ND64 6 STOP FILTERS

MAVEN 84X84MM ND64 6 STOP FILTERS

MAVEN 100X100MM ND1000 10 STOP FILTERS


Michael's Camera Straps:

SKINNY
Black


WIDE
Black:
Blue
Army Green
Orange
Desert Camo

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#PhotoJournalism #BadPhotoJournalism #CheatingPhotoJournalists

08.29.19         movie reviews  

Angel Has Fallen


This is a little bit hard for me to judge objectively because I know one of the producers, Christa Campbell whom I went to high school with. I am always biased towards films that I know people worked in or on. Chirsta has had an impressive career recently with producing films, and I will always support her movies. Something Christa does well is she is constantly in the game and constantly creating profitable films - something that is not very easy to do. She started from very humble beginnings, it is probably one of the biggest success stories as far as producers go today in Hollywood n my opinion.

I enjoyed the movie- it's the best action film in theaters right now, I thought some of the action scenes particularly the first attack on the president was spectacular, because it is the first film but that I've seen that defines a threat that I am not sure has been addressed. I will try not to ruin it. I only found one small lull about one third in the movie, but this is completely forgivable.

If you do not see in theaters, this is a not to miss rental. I think you would enjoy it if you're into the previous “has fallen” series or hard-core 80s action films.

Christa’s next film is Rambo Last Blood. DO NOT MISS IT!!

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