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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.


 

04.14.19         instagram  

That’s a wrap in Oregon! The grass farm we shot at...


That’s a wrap in Oregon! The grass farm we shot at was amazing. Thank you again to @lexphogan and @michaelshums for bringing me out. I had such a GREAT time. So many amazing people and lessons learned. I can’t wait to see the final product! #lqoe

04.08.19         instagram  

Day 2 on set. Having a blast. Hard to describe,...


Day 2 on set. Having a blast. Hard to describe, there is much to do. Amazing to see a team come together. sometimes it can be a little stressful, but the excitement / enjoyment part of it is always greater. We are still looking for a few extra helpers if you are in the Portland, Oregon area. Its a great learning experience & crew. Pm me if interested. We will be here to the end of the week.

04.07.19         instagram  

Canon’s C700 on set this am in Oregon. 4.5k RAW...


Canon’s C700 on set this am in Oregon. 4.5k RAW it’s a beast. Thrilled to be on set helping my friend @lexphogan in Oregon. #c700

04.07.19         photography  

Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R Now Available!


The Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R0 Crash Course Tutorial Training Video is now available!

I have already posted the Camera Operation of this course for FREE on youtube which you can find here: Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R 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 Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R education. Thats all there is to it! The course is expected to cost just $39.99!

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 Panasonic S1/S1R Crash Course topics include:
- Landscape Shooting Techniques (Stills and Video) With the Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R
- 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 Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R
- 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 Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R
- Documentary Style Video Shooting Settings & Techniques With the Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R
- Vlogging Video Style Shooting Settings & Techniques with the Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R
- Audio Recommendations, Mics, Cleaning
- Video Shooting Tools and Must Haves
- Comprehensive Deep Menu System & Recommendations
- Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R 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!

So if you are interested in maximizing what you can do with your Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R and want to be notified as soon as the first version of the Panasonic Lumix S1/S1R Crash Course is ready, leave your name and email address in the comments below and we will reach out to you as soon as it is ready.

Thank you for your support! ~ Michael



03.29.19         photography  

Canon's Left Eye Problem | EOS RP M50 Usability




The left eye problem deals with cameras which lack a joystick and are asking photographers to use their right thumbs on the touch screen while looking through the viewfinder to move their focusing squares. The left eye problem is not unique to Canon, the Sony A6400 has the same issue, as well as a few other cameras. The reason Im picking on Canon is because I have seen this 3 times now on the Canon R, RP and M50.

200/566 users polled are left eye shooters. Ive heard from several of them who have returned their cameras over this accessibility issue on these Canon cameras. 1/3 is a big chunk of customers, so Canon may want to reconsider this design problem.

BTW- I really like the RP overall and am keeping mine for 1 specific reason Ill discuss in an upcoming video. Its a GREAT camera.

03.29.19         instagram  

Good one tonight! #maui #sunset #luckywelivehawaii...


Good one tonight! #maui #sunset #luckywelivehawaii #sun #a6400 #sony

03.23.19         photography  

Complete Fuji X-T30 Crash Course Tutorial Training Now Available!


The Fuji XT30 Crash Course Tutorial Video is now available!

You can purchase it from the following link: Fuji X-T30 Crash Course Training Video Lessons.


I have already posted the Camera Operation of this course for FREE on youtube which you can find here: Fuji X-T30 Training 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 Fuji X-T30 education. Thats all there is to it! The course is expected to cost just $39.95!

(Also- we do not publish these comments requesting to be contacted, so if you do not see it appear in the comments after you submit it, do not worry! :)
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!

TheFuji X-T30 Crash Course topics include:
- Landscape Shooting Techniques (Stills and Video) With the Fuji X-T30
- 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 Fuji X-T30
- 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 Fuji X-T30
- Documentary Style Video Shooting Settings & Techniques With the Fuji X-T30
- Vlogging Video Style Shooting Settings & Techniques with the Fuji X-T30
- Audio Recommendations, Mics, Cleaning
- Video Shooting Tools and Must Haves
- Comprehensive Deep Menu System & Recommendations
- Canon RP 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

You can purchase the course here: Fuji XT30 Crash Course Training Tutorial Video

Michael's Fuji Lens Recommendations:

FujiFilm XF 16-55mm f2.8

FujiFilm XF 50-140mm f2.8

FujiFilm XF 100-400 f4.5-5.6

FujiFilm XF 10-24mm f.4

FujiFilm XF 8-16mm f2.8

FujiFilm XF 18-55mm f.2.8-4

03.22.19         movie reviews  

Triple Frontier | Netflix


If you want to watch one good movie this weekend, this is it. Really great cast, excellent action, it's exciting with a strong message. Plus its free if you already have Netflix.

I feel like the independent streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon Prime are really muscling their way in. Theaters are going to have a hard time keeping up at this pace because of the $$ these companies are investing, without the costs of distribution to theaters.

03.22.19         movie reviews  

US


Jordan Peele's Get Out in 2018 really launched him onto the movie scene. Super talented and creative. It was a wonderful horror film while also directly exploring sensitive racial aspects of our society. It was just so well done. I had very high hopes for "Us"
Interesting premise, but there were few major flaws with it:

1. It was trying to do too much. It felt like Peele was trying so hard to deliver on symbolic messages to "us" about "ourselves", and much of this was still unclear what these lessons were when watching. You go into the film expecting a horror flick, but thats not really what it was. I think it might actually be more enjoyable if you watch it from the perspective of "nothing in this movie is reality, rather symbolic only".

2. It was dreadfully slow. He even had one of the characters say "We want to take our time". This is a 20 minute idea stretched out to 2 hour film. Difficult to suspend disbelief, and there is a lot of weird, unexplained "rules" of this universe that not only dont make any sense, but I ran out of patience trying to decipher it all, because I didnt feel empathy for the characters.

I hate to say it, because I still believe Peele is one of the most talented writer/directors out there, but I cannot recommend it. This is a skip completely.

03.19.19         instagram  

My latest YouTube video and I feel my most...


My latest YouTube video and I feel my most important ever. This is something we need to talk about as a photography community & as a society. I’ve done a lot of work in disasters and a lot of photography in those disasters. We need to stop on the poverty porn and respect all people equally, especially refugee children in camps. Link in bio. #afghangirl #natgeo

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