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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.


 

07.18.19         photography  

Square Filters vs Round Filters - Whats the difference?


Answering some recent questions about filters and how they work. This video covers the advantages and disadvantages of square drop in filters compared to the round threaded ones, and I hope you enjoy it!

Michael's Training Videos

MAVEN 100X100MM ND64 6 STOP FILTERS

MAVEN 84X84MM ND64 6 STOP FILTERS

MAVEN 100X100MM ND1000 10 STOP FILTERS

MAVEN 84X84MM ND1000 10 STOP FILTERS

Michael's Camera Straps:

SKINNY
Black


WIDE
Black:
Blue
Army Green
Orange
Desert Camo

Rangers 8pcs ND Filter Kit

#RoundvsSqaureFilters #PhotorgraphyFilters #LensFilters

07.16.19         photography  

Panasonic G95 Full Tutorial Training Overview


If you found this video helpful and would are interested in a full Panasonic G95 Crash Course, leave your name and email address on my blog here:
Panasonic G95 Full Tutorial

Michael's training videos:

Generic Tripod

Michael's Maven ND1000 (10 Stop) Filters:

MAVEN 100X100MM ND1000 FILTERS
Michael's Maven ND64 (6 Stop) Filters:

MAVEN 100X100MM ND64 FILTERS

MAVEN 84X84MM ND64 FILTERS

Michael's Camera Straps:

SKINNY
Black


WIDE
Black:
Blue
Army Green
Orange
Desert Camo

Table of Contents:
2:06 - External Buttons
6:29 - Camera Setup
10:15 - Info Display
13:23 - Quick Screen
17:46 - Mode Dial
22:09 - Exposure Control
23:08 - Exposure Compensation
40:24 - White Balance
46:15 - Focusing System
47:43 - AFS
48:03 - Recomposing
48:39 - AFC
49:30 - Manual Focus
59:00 - Focus Peaking
1:00:38 - Video Focusing
1:02:17 - Quick Menu
1:03:25 - Metering Modes
1:05:18 - Drive Modes
1:11:27 - Video Shooting
1:11:57 - Video Resolution
1:14:08 - Deep Menu
1:16:12 - Exposure Mode
1:16:32 - 4K Live Cropping
1:16:59 - Rec Format
1:17:54 - Continuous AF
1:18:32 - AF Custom Setting (Video)
1:18:46 - Photo Style
1:20:22 - Luminance Level
1:20:40 - Stabilizer
1:21:03 - Sound Rec. Level Disp.
1:22:00 - ISO Increments
1:22:35 - Back Button Focusing
1:23:36 - Half Press Release
1:23:46 - Eye Sensor AF
1:24:05 - Direct Focus Area
1:24:22 - Focus/Release Priority
1:25:03 - Focus Switching for Vert / For
1:25:19 - Loop Movement Focus Frame
1:25:37 - AF + MF
1:26:38 - Fn Button Set
1:27:07 - Q.Menu
1:28:16- Dial Set
1:28:33 - Touch Settings
1:28:54 - Constant Preview
1:29:32 - Highlight / Zebra Pattern
1:31:05 - Cust.Set Mem.
1:33:38 - Folder / File Settings
1:34:28 - Sensor Cleaning
1:34:49 - Format
1:36:05 - My Menu Settings
1:37:03 - Playback Menu
1:37:29 - 4K Photo Bulk Saving
1:37:49 - Panasonic Image App
1:44:51 - Michael’s Recommendations

PRIVACY and DISCLOSURE:
* Michael The Maven is a participant in the B&H Photo Video affiliate program that provides an advertising commission if you purchase through our links.
* If you purchase something from my affiliate links, I will get a small commission with no extra cost to you.
Everything stated here is my opinion, and I sometimes make mistakes. I will never recommend a product I do not either use, truly love or think would be the best fit for the situation (often
determined by budget).

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 II

Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8

Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 II

Olympus 12-100mm f/4

Panasonic 100-400mm f/4-6.3

Panasonic 25mm f/1.7

Manfroto 290 Xtra Aluminum Tripod

Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Rangers 8pcs ND Filter KitRangers 8pcs ND Filter Kit

Godox TT685O

Rode VidMic Pro

Sennheiser EW100 Lavalier

#LumixG95 #PanasonicG95 #G95

07.16.19         photography  

Panasonic G95 Crash Course


If you would are interested in the The Panasonic G95 Crash Course Training Tutorial Video Full Course, 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: Panasonic G95 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 G95 education. Thats all there is to it!

Here is the Cover, more details below!



Topics Covered in Full Crash Cours:
  • Portrait Crash course

  • Deep Menu

  • Bracketing Interiors

  • Sports

  • Sunset Shooting

  • Portrait Crash Course

  • Intervalometer Shooting

  • Strobes

  • Flash Settings

  • Intro To Strobes

  • 3 Rules of Lighting

  • Film History

  • Film Like Look

  • Two Microphones, One Jack

  • Pulling Focus

  • Manual Foucs In Empty Spots

  • Gimbals

  • Gimbal Examples

  • Fluid Heads

  • Hollywood Scene Exmple

  • Removing Background Noise

  • Sliders

  • Video Workflow

  • Cleaning The Sensor

  • Outro

  • 07.16.19         instagram  

    What a beautiful & amazing photography book given...


    What a beautiful & amazing photography book given to me by @salomon_pena !! Im always so impressed my his eye for composition and color. One of the cityscape photographers I’ve seen. Thank you so much again Salomon! #landscapephotography #sunsets #sun #losangeles

    07.12.19         movie reviews  

    Crawl


    Pretty well done. A little slow at times, but fantastic at high tension moments. CGI was pretty good, enough to be believable. It will be a classic. I would recommend seeing it in theaters if you like these types of films


    07.11.19         the maven nation - efficiency podcast  

    How Night Sight Works in Googles Pixel 3 Phones


    The images coming out of Googles Pixel 3 cameras are just jaw dropping, especially the ones shot with their night sight feature. How in the world did they figure this out, and how does it work in plain language? Thats the topic in todays Maven Nation Photography Podcast!

    DISCLAIMER: I am in no way affiliated with Google or the Pixel 3 product. I have not received a free Pixel 3 phone (nor would I) and have not been asked to create this video by anyone, its just an interesting topic I wanted to share with you.

    Thank you to the engineers at Google for publishing this fascinating article: "Night Sight: Seeing In Dark On Pixel Phone"

    If you are struggling to learn you camera, theres a good chance I have a tutorial on it! I break down complex ideas into simple to understand language:

    Michael's Training Videos

    Michael's Maven ND1000 (10 Stop) Filters:

    MAVEN 100X100MM ND1000 FILTERS

    Michael's Maven ND64 (6 Stop) Filters:

    MAVEN 100X100MM ND64 FILTERS

    MAVEN 84X84MM ND64 FILTERS

    **On PRE-ORDER FOR $99 THROUGH JULY 15TH. REG. PRICE WILL BE $150**

    Michael's Camera Straps:

    Maven Camera Straps:

    SKINNY
    Black


    WIDE
    Black:
    Blue
    Army Green
    Orange
    Desert Camo

    #GooglePixel3 #Pixel3NightSight #NightSight

    07.08.19         instagram  

    I’ve been in my workshop developing several new...


    I’ve been in my workshop developing several new photography products- the first are two photography ND filters, one at 10-Stops, the other at 6-Stops.

    The word ND means Neutral Density, or that the filter doesn’t introduce any color cast.
    Here’s the hard truth: I’ve only seen a couple brands that you cannot tell has shifted any color. There are some pretty overpriced & awfully performing filters out there. One famous brand name filter is charging $130 for one of the worst performing filters I’ve ever seen. It’s a total ripoff and shouldn’t even be classified as an ND filter, but there is no governing body that regulates ND ratings.
    I got sick of it and decided I would:

    1. Develop a test that anyone could do to grade their ND filters.
    2. I would produce ND filters better than even the big brand name companies.

    My recent YouTube video will demonstrate the test (it’s in my profile) and also show how my new filters compete against them (here’s a spoiler: it wasn’t pretty for them)

    And if you are still reading this: There are links on that video for $50 off . The 6 stop ones are in stock, with the 10 stop ones coming shortly.
    Don’t buy those crappy ND filters unless you are paying less than $30. When you go for a high grade one, get the BEST. I’m proud to put my name on those! (And yes, Maven is a registered trademark for photography products) ☺️
    #ndfilters #maven #mavenfilters #mavenndfilters #vu #nisi #ice #cokin #lee #hitech #zomei #nd #landscapephotography
    More cool video & products coming soon!

    07.08.19         video  

    10 Stop ND Filter Color Shootout | MAVEN vs Lee NISI Haida VU Cokin HITECH ICE B&W


    "You get what you pay for" is a saying we have all heard and it is somewhat true with ND filters. If you are paying very little for an ND filter, chances are it is not going to be very high performing. This is usually the case from my experience.

    But what if you pay a lot for a filter? Does that guarantee that filter will be high performing?

    Unfortunately, there are expensive filters out there that are not very good, and many photographers are not even aware of it. As far as I know there is no regulatory body or performance rating that governs ND filters.

    I realize I will likely be attacked by many for creating a filter specifically to do well in a color cast test and then testing it against the big boys, however "ND" should be as close to neutral as possible and what you are about to see will shock you. I also wanted to provide hard evidence that yes, there is a difference, and yes it can be measured.

    You can download the images I used in this test as well as the spreadsheet here: https://bit.ly/2XPsPoR

    You are welcome to scrutinize & criticize my results. I will take all honest feedback sincerely, and improve the test (or the filters if possible), but as of right now, Im pretty proud of my first filters!

    Table Of Contents:

    03:04 - Myth & True Advantages of Nano Coated Filters
    03:48 - Filters Used In Test
    04:50 - Methodology of Test
    08:00 - Adjusting for 10 Stops
    09:45 - Viewing Results in Camera RAW
    10:30 - Boring Nerdy Stuff (How to quantitate color cast numerically)
    17:48 - Filter Scores

    If you are a pure beginner to filters, I think a basic Cokin P filter kit (that comes with adapters and filters) are a good place to start. See the link on the bottom of this description for a good, inexpensive kit.

    Michael's Maven ND1000 (10 Stop) Filters:

    MAVEN 100X100MM ND1000 FILTERS

    MAVEN 84X84MM ND1000 FILTERS

    Michael's Maven ND64 (6 Stop) Filters:

    MAVEN 100X100MM ND64 FILTERS

    MAVEN 84X84MM ND64 FILTERS

    **On PRE-ORDER FOR $99 THROUGH JULY 15TH. REG. PRICE WILL BE $150**

    Filters Used in Test:

    Lee Big Stopper - $129

    ICE- ($40)

    VU $235

    Formatt HiTech - $122.58

    Haida- $76

    B+W XS Pro - Nano - $189

    Cokin Nuances - $180

    NISI (Kit) - $499

    #NDFilters #BestNDFillter #10StopNDFilter

    Generic Cokin P Filter Kit

    07.02.19         movie reviews  

    Spiderman - Far From Home


    It was GREAT! Highly recommend it. So funny and yet loaded with action. Marvel has it really dialed in. I really appreciate that they are writing weaknesses into their heroes, so much more interesting! Go watch it!!

    07.01.19         photography  

    Fuji XT30 vs Sony A6400 Epic Shootout Comparison - Which camera to buy


    Sony A6400 Crash Course Training Tutoria

    Fuji X-T30 Crash Course Training Tutorial

    Sony A6400 Free Tutorial

    Fuji X-T30 Free Tutorial

    A6400 Cold Shot Mount:

    Michael's training videos

    ALL MAVEN ND FILTERS ON SALE FOR $99 UNTIL JULY 15TH
    (ND1000 Filters size Z will not be in stock until July 15th, Size P Aug)

    Michael’s Nano Coated ND1000 100x100mm Cokin Size Z($150)

    Michael’s Nano Coated ND1000 84x84mm Cokin Size P($150)

    Michael’s Nano Coated ND64 100x100mm Cokin Size Z($135)

    Michael’s Nano Coated ND64 84x84mm Cokin Size P($135)


    Table of Contents:

    02:03 - Sports
    07:14 - Buffer
    13:01 - Face Tracking
    14:32 - Low Light Focusing
    15:07 - Dynamic Range
    17:01 - High ISO Stills
    17:44 - Moire
    18:07 - High ISO Video
    19:18 - Rolling Shutter
    19:43 - Thermals
    21:02 - Portraits
    23:40 - Conclusion

    PRIVACY and DISCLOSURE:
    * Michael The Maven is a participant in the B&H Photo Video affiliate program that provides an advertising commission if you purchase through our links.
    * If you purchase something from my affiliate links, I will get a small commission with no extra cost to you.
    Everything stated here is my opinion, and I sometimes make mistakes. I will never recommend a product I do not either use, truly love or think would be the best fit for the situation (often
    determined by budget).

    Sony A6400

    Fuji X-T30

    Sony Lenses:
    24-70 f2.8

    70-200mm f.28

    Fuji Lenses:
    16-55mm f.28

    50-140mm f.28


    #FujiXT30 #SonyA6400 #XT30vsA6400

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