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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.


05.17.19         movie reviews  

John Wick 3

While the cinematography and choreography were just amazing, this movie had writing and editing problems. At least the first 20 minutes should have been cut, with another 40 or so from the rest of the movie. The writing seemed to just be making up stuff just to fill out the time. Some of the fight sequences are exhausting, but still quite entertaining.

Not as strong as the first two because of this, but still worth seeing if you enjoyed the others.

05.14.19         photography  

CONFIRMED! Canon RP is a Pro Camera | with Maui Wedding Photographer Scott Drexler

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While many have panned the Canon RP as insufficient for serious pro work, Maui Wedding Photographer Scott Drexler has replaced his two Canon 5Diii's with 2 Canon RPs and has been shooting with them exclusively for his business the last two months. In todays episode fo the Maven Nation photography podcast, Scott shares with us his thoughts about the RP and why it is a game changer for wedding photographers.

NOTE: I talk about the cost of the RP one of the lowest for Full Frame Canon cameras, I meant this in regards to wider focusing coverage as compared to the 5DIII and 5DIV, I mentioned one could go with a 6Dii, but it didnt come out as precise as I wanted.


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05.09.19         photography  

Canon RP Review - The Imperfect Homerun - It's Weaknesses & Main Strength

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05.06.19         tutorial & training videos  

Canon SL3 (Kiss 10, 200Dii) Full Tutorial Training Overview

If you found this video helpful and would like to be notified when the full Canon SL3 Tutorial Course is ready, leave your name and email address on my blog here: Canon SL3 Crash Course

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00:02:02 - Getting Started
00:11:07 - Display
00:14:57 - Quick Menu
00:18:54 - Drive Modes
00:20:09 - Video Settings
00:21:36 - Exposure Simulation
00:22:21 - Shooting Modes
00:26:35 - Exposure Compensation
00:33:38 - Shutter Priority
00:36:11 - Program Mode
00:38:27 - Manual Mode
00:40:23 - Scene Mode
00:41:26 - Filter Settings
00:42:05 - Video Mode
00:43:37 - Auto ISO
00:44:50 - Focusing Modes
00:49:19 - Face & Eye Tracking
00:50:16 - Face Detection
00:50:43 - Eye Detection
00:53:54 - Peaking Settings
00:54:56 - Video Focusing
00:57:50 - View Finder Focusing
01:00:38 - White Balance
01:02:54 - Custom White Balance
01:04:01 - Metering Modes
01:04:33 - Spot Metering
01:06:03 - Picture Styles
01:07:42 - Auto Light Optimize
01:08:04 - Aspect Ratio
01:08:23 - Image Quality
01:09:17 - Filter Settings
01:09:31 - Deep Menu
01:10:40 - Image Quality
01:12:02 - Lens Aberration correction
01:12:40 - Flash Control
01:12:56 - Expo.comp.AEB
01:13:34 - ISO speed settings
01:13:44 - Auto Light Optimizer
01:13:46 - Highlight Tone Priority
01:14:10 - Metering Timer
01:14:29 - White Balance
01:14:35 - Color Space
01:14:44 - Picture Style
01:14:54 - Long exp. noise reduction
01:15:02 - High ISO speed NR
01:15:09 - Dust Delete Data
01:15:31 - Touch Shutter
01:15:55 - Lens Electronic MF
01:16:22 - AF-assit beam firing
01:16:46 - Protect images
01:17:44 - Rotate Image
01:18:38 - Print Order
01:19:05 - Photobook set-up
01:19:12 - Creative Filters
01:20:12 - Red-eye correction
01:20:53 - Resize
01:21:04 - Rating
01:21:23 - Slide Show
01:21:51 - Set image search conditions
01:22:40 - Histogram disp
01:23:05 - AF point disp.
01:23:26 - View From last seen
01:23:57 - Select folder
01:24:05 - File Numbering
01:24:29 - Auto Rotate
01:24:44 - Format Card
01:25:31 - Video System
01:26:06 - Sensor Cleaning
01:26:31 - Grid when shooting
01:26:45 - Switch Button
01:27:00 - HDMI Resolution
01:27:15 - Custom Functions
01:28:35 - Back Button Focusing
01:30:34 - Clear Settings
01:30:41 - Copyright information
01:31:28 - My Menu
01:35:41 - Camera connect app

05.02.19         the maven nation - efficiency podcast  

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04.30.19         photography  

CONFIRMED! Michael's Find of Banding in EOS R Fixed in Canon Firmware Update 1.2.0

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(Michael Taking a Bow) :)

Huge shout out to https://www.lensprotogo.com for sponsoring this video! We wouldn't be seeing it without their support!

Ladies and Gentlemen! WE HAVE DONE IT!! Thank you so much to the many of you who gave feedback, shared my videos, posted in forums and relayed information you received from Canon, I can confirm that Firmware update 1.2.0 resolves the banding issue I reported back in November on the Canon EOS R!

I received a lot unfounded criticism from those who didn't understand the issue, but we stood by the results we were seeing, that it was a real issue, and now Canon has quietly released a firmware issue that resolves it! WELL DONE EVERYONE! This is how powerful social media can be when we work together! If you are an EOS R owner, I would strongly suggest you update to 1.2.0 and reap the benefits of improved sensor performance!

Original Post on Canon 5D4 Issue

Original Video on Canon EOS R Issue

04.26.19         movie reviews  

Avengers Endgame

This will be SPOILER FREE, so no need to worry. There was some idiot on Instagram Posting images of it last night that almost ruined it for me. What a loser! Definitely be careful not to ruin the movie going experience for others.

Avengers Endgame is unlike any other Marvel movie ever, because it spends a lot of time building empathy for its characters, and humanizes the losses of Infinity War. This is what makes it so good, we are able to connect with the characters on a level we haven't been able to in the other films. Marvel gets this, and if more film makers did, movies in general would be so much better.

Endgame is able to make you feel a variety of emotions, just like Alita Battle Angel, There are many sad, happy and funny parts of the movie, again allowing us to connect emotionally with the film itself. Only a few lulls here and there, but I think this is the best Marvel movie as a whole, but remember it stands on the shoulders of all the other 22 films, so it feels inappropriate to judge it on its own, its like "of course it has to be the best".

Its a very long movie, but worth it. There is an article online about when to take Bathroom Breaks for Endgame, I would recommend reading and memorizing it because it is likely you might need it, and I did end up using it.

I will definitely see it at least one more time in theaters.

In one word: Amazing!

04.25.19         photography  

Canon SL3 Warning - Canon Cripples Hotshoe!

This is unbelievable!

Just a heads up & word of warning, Canon has downgraded the hot shoe mount on the new SL3 so there no central pin! What this means is that nearly all non-Canon flash accessories will not work with this camera, you will have to buy a Canon flash or accessory! Unbelievable!

(And it turns out this is the second camera they have done this with, the first was the T7, 3000D or 4000D depending on where you buy it.)

If you are set on a Canon in this price range, get the M50, which has its center pin!

I have a free tutorial on the SL3 coming if you do end up getting it, but I would try to get something else if possible.

04.23.19         photography  

Canon SL3 Crash Course Coming Soon!

The Canon SL3 Crash Course Training Tutorial Video is now is now in production and should be ready in about two weeks. If you would like to be contacted when it is for sale, please let us know in the comment section below.

I have already posted the Camera Operation of this course for FREE on youtube which you can find here: Canon SL3 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 SL3 education. Thats all there is to it!

Here is the Cover, more details below!
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 SL3..

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 SL3 Crash Course topics include:
- Landscape Shooting Techniques (Stills and Video) With the Canon RP
- The Canon SL3'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 SL3
- Documentary Style Video Shooting Settings & Techniques With the Canon SL3
- Vlogging Video Style Shooting Settings & Techniques with the Canon SL3
- Audio Recommendations, Mics, Cleaning
- Video Shooting Tools and Must Haves
- Comprehensive Deep Menu System & Recommendations
- Canon SL3 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

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?

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