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12.07.19         photography  

Best Cameras of 2019


These are my picks for the best cameras of 2019 there were a couple cameras I really didn’t like but I just decided to leave them off the list because I know people hate me for it LOL.

Photographer Andrew Shoemaker's GFX 100 Photos

Michael’s Training Videos

MAVEN Filters, Mini Microphone

Michael’s Maven Straps

Links to cameras:
Canon 90D
Sony A6100
Sony A6600
Sony A6400
Sony A6400
Fuji X-T30
Fuji GFX 100

#BestCamera2019 #GFX100 #Canon90D

12.05.19         photography  

What is DLA / Diffraction Limited Aperture? Diffraction Limits of a Sensor


Did you know that cameras experience diffraction differently depending on the sensor design? Do you know what your cameras diffraction starting point is? Could be worth it if you are looking to maximize sharpness.

Today we are talking about DLA, or diffracting limited aperture, which is a diffraction starting limit based on sensors. Ill have a very nerdy video coming soon that will take this to a whole different level, but I wanted to make a shorter video defining the term.

I have a series of videos coming that will describe the limits and challenges of cramming more and more photosites into a sensor. The Canon 90D / M6ii which have the most MP for an APSC sized sensor have a very interesting issue: they are near the limit of what EF zoom lenses appear to be capable of resolving. More to come soon!

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DLA Calculator

#DLA #DiffractionLimitedAperture

12.02.19         photography  

Canon Responds To 90D Lens Problems


It seems the Marketing and Tech Support divisions of Canon are on different pages and a lot of 90D users are very upset about it. Trust me, I have been attacked and blamed for the lens issues (this is kinda funny when I have nothing to do with the manufacture and marketing of the 90D). I have also been very vocal about its tracking and soft problems from day one. Had some sound issues, but the information is still good!

Thanks to a Canon 90D Facebook group member who forwarded these two responses to me!

My 90D FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Canon90D/

Michael’s Training Videos (including the Canon 90D Tutorial)

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#Canon90D #Canon #90D

11.30.19         photography  

Sharpness & Depth of Field are not the same


Two days left on my Black Friday Coupon Code to save you 25% off: maven25

Many beginners have been asking me recently about the relationship of DOF to sharpness. Here is an introduction to both! Enjoy!

My Camera Straps, Training Videos, ND Filters and now microphones can be found here: https://www.canontrainingvideo.com

11.29.19         netflix  

The Irishman


Martin Scorsese is legitimately one of the most talented directors of our time. Anyone interested in filmmaking should study him, and again here he is with an incredible crime /mob story. It is long (3.5 hours) but just incredible as a story. Top named actors, Al Pachino is one of my favorites.

That said, I have a problem with it, namely that it is based on a real life hitman that actually killed people, and the story is significant because it is based on a book that explains what might have happened to Jimmy Hoffa. The morals of the main character are so gut wrenching it will give you nightmares and the fact that this is about an actual person that did these things, it felt like the film was glorifying him. Im not a huge fan of movies that glorify criminals, its a reward / notoriety for their evil actions, seems culturally inappropriate.

Incredible movie, but bad juju. I probably would have preferred to not watch it.

11.28.19         photography  

Black Friday Special - 25% Off Entire Store - Michael The Maven Crash Courses


Many of you have asked for a BLACK FRIDAY coupon on my camera training videos, here it is! We also have a ton of cool accessories, including the new Maven Mini Mic Kit (Very limited supply), my Maven Filters, camera straps and much more! Many of our regular prices have been temporarily reduced, so you can enjoy huge savings on those as well. Happy thanks giving everyone!

Black Friday 25% Off Coupon Code: maven25

Find your camera tutorial video now at https://www.canontrainingvideo.com

Michael's Maven Gear section

Maven Mini Mic
only 10 units for the sale, first come first serve, all additional orders will be fulfilled sometime the first week in January

Maven Filters
100X100MM ND1000 10Stop

MAVEN 84X84MM ND1000 10 STOP

MAVEN 100X100MM ND64 6 STOP

MAVEN 84X84MM ND64 6 STOP

Business Crash Course DVD

11.27.19         movie reviews  

Knives Out


There is some really good writing, but the amount of patience it requires to get to the payoff is too much. The first half of the movie is boring and mostly police interviews. Felt like it was making me work for what I wanted to be recreation. Maybe a rental if you loved the board game Clue. :)

11.25.19         photography  

Top 5 Photography Upgrades For Beginners | Why Cameras Should Be Last


I've had so many questions recently about the path for upgrading for beginners and what they should get first, a new lens or a new body? My answer is those should be last, there is one thing far more important than any piece of gear. If you focus on it, you will be better overall and it will stick with you forever. Do not rely on buying shiny new toys to make you a better photographer!

Michael’s Training Videos

Michael’s Maven Straps

11.23.19         photography  

Canon 90D | Wildlife & Sports Setup


3:30 - Cluster Types
6:36 - Back Button Focusing
7:48 - Metering Modes
8:50 - iTR AF
10:00 - Sports Shooting
13:00 - Image Quality
17:13 - Lens Aberration correction
18:11 - Auto Lighting Optimizer
18:15 - Highlight tone priority
18:20 - White Balance
18:41 - Color Space
18:48 - Picture Style
19:33 - High ISO Speed NR
19:45 - Long exp. noise reduction
19:47 - ISO Speed settings
21:35 - Playback information display
22:00 - Highlight alert
22:12 - AF point disp.
22:37 - File numbering
23:18 - auto rotate
23:32 - Disp. brightness
24:06 - Menu Changes
25:19 - Fliker detection
26:32 - Custom shooting mode(C1,C2)
27:51 - C.Fn II: Autofocus


Canon 90D Resources Playlist

Michael’s Training Videos

My Canon 90D Facebook Group

11.21.19         photography  

No Camera is Perfect




Heres the cold hard truth: No Camera is perfect, they all have strengths and weaknesses. Something I see over and over when a photographer gets frustrated with one camera, and decides to go to another thinking the change will somehow bring a perfect camera. This isn't the case. I see many complaints for all camera systems.

I've been helping and working with many hundred users of the new Canon 90D and have learned so much about the camera itself, but also about how different types of users handle troubleshooting. It seems beginning photographers are overwhelmed with learning the basics, that when they are frustrated, they give up sooner.Its just too much. Experienced and pro shooters however, seem to have a different mindset when approaching camera problems. They are more methodical and systematic about their camera, and figuring out what is wrong with it.

I know it can be very frustrating to have a broken camera (it does happen). In those cases you need to return it. But if you constantly find yourself frustrated with a camera or the images you are taking, and are constantly giving up, while others are succeeding with it, chances are it isn't the camera...its you. We owe it to ourselves to take responsibility to learn what we are doing incorrectly when we invest this much money into gear. If others are having success, you can too!

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