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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.


 

01.16.22         tutorial & training videos  

Sony A7IV Crash Course


The Sony A74 Crash Course is in production! Being the Advanced training for the camera, you can expect to learn all of the secrets of:

- A Complete Crash Course of Digital Photography
- Composition Crash Course
- Lightning Crash Course
- Sports Shooting
- Portrait Photography Techniques
- Landscapes, Sunsets
- Product & Food Photography
- Long Exposure Techniques
- Time Lapse
- Using Flash With the Sony A74
- Cleaning the Sensor
- Focus Stacking
- Video production with the Sony A74, including using with a Atomos Nina V
- Documentary Shooting Techniques
- Using a Gimbal With the A74
- Narrative film making with the A74
- Commercial Shooting with the A74
- Vlogging with the A74
- Using the A74 as a Streaming Camera
- WIFI Connections
and much, much more!

If you would like to be notified when the A7IV Crash Course is available, as well as receive a $20 discount (normal price is $59.95, so it will be $39.95 for those on our wait list) - leave your name and email in the comments section below! We will reach out to you as soon as it is ready!

12.30.21         personal  

What Happened To Michael?


Thank you so much to all of you who reached out. This video is for you. What I have been up to & what is coming next. 2022 should be incredible!

Michael's "The Last Mile Miracle - Bringing COVID-19 Vaccines to Extreme Locations - Indonesia":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpUFIqBF9K4&t=29s

Michael's charity organization:
http://red-lightning.com

Michael’s Camera Tutorial Videos and Filters:
https://www.maventutorials.com

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12.27.21         movie reviews  

Spiderman No Way Home


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By now most of you have seen this, but because Im guessing some haven't, have set up a spoiler section & my thoughts with the password "Spiderman". I consider this a must see if you are a Marvel or Spiderman fan. The chances I will see it again in theaters is nearly 100%.

12.26.21         movie reviews  

Matrix Resurrections


While I am huge fan of the original, none of the sequels ever matched up. I gave it a good effort and was asleep within 15 minutes of the film starting. I never fall asleep during good movies. This is a no, or rental at best.

11.26.21         tutorial & training videos  

Black Friday 2021


This is a very quiet Black Friday Coupon for those of you faithful readers who still come to the blog and support me!

50% off Everything in my stores listed below;

MAVEN21

Enjoy!

https://www.maventutorials.com
https://www.canontrainingvideo.com

11.06.21         movie reviews  

Eternals


Unwatchable. Granted, I fell asleep for most of it. Definitely do not see in theaters, if at all.

10.29.21         movie reviews  

Last Night in Soho


This movie is a few edits of removing about 10 minutes away from being the sleeper thriller of the year. Some parts of it were just so perfect and the end...lol wow...never saw it coming. If you are into Thrillers, albeit with many adult themes (just as a heads up for those of you who aren't into this), it nice that we are getting some good movies again. Highly recommended to Thriller lovers.

10.08.21         movie reviews  

No Time to Die


Saw the long awaited No Time To Die last night.

Lots of unexpected surprises, they were definitely taking chances on this one. I would put it right up there next to Casino Royale.

Highly recommended.

09.25.21         michael's insights  

The Last Mile Miracle - Bringing COVID 19 Vaccines to Extreme Locations




For those of you who are interested, this is an accountability documentary put together about the work we did in Indonesia using the Credo boxes. We are continuing to use these boxes in other parts of the world.

For those who are curious, yes I am vaccinated and believe every one in the world should have equal access and freedom to choose for themselves.
That said, I am also anti-mandate. I believe consulting with your doctor is the best way to start, but I do not believe in coercion to do so.

Most out side of first world countries do not have the opportunity or access to COVID vaccines and I feel strongly that we should do everything in our power to try give this fairness of choice to them.

09.21.21         movie reviews  

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings


Being that this was the first movie I was able to see in theaters in the last 6 weeks or so, I had high hopes for Shang Li and the Legend of the 10 Rings.

I was sorely disappoint and bored, so much so I fell asleep. Never a good sign. From what I saw however, this has to be the weakest of the marvel movies in my opinion.

Even as a rental, I would hesitate to recommend it, but I understand when you have the Disney + bundle and want to watch something new.

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