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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.


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07.10.18         photography  

Case Study #3 - The Endless Summer Shot!


Here is my latest youtube video on shooting sunset silhouettes! I hope you enjoy it!



Gear Used in this video:

Canon 5Diii

100-400 Zoom

Canon 2xiii Extender

07.07.18         michael's insights  

Cave Rescue - Dry Bag Escape Pod


So Ive been thinking about this for a couple days. Those 13 kids stuck in the Thailand cave are running out of time, with new rain coming next week and oxygen levels decreasing. I was reading yesterday that they are trying to find 5 mil wet suits and it just really felt like they were waiting for a perfect situation to act. Its not going to be perfect, but they are going to have to take action soon.

Im a scuba diver, and what little I know about cave diving, I think it there is just no way you could expect those kids to swim out on their own power through that route, they will need to be towed or chaperoned out.

This is what I have been thinking about. Could probably make one in 1-2 hours. Reusable.

07.07.18         movie reviews  

Antman and The Wasp


I know I'm so far behind on so many things, but there is a lot of good stuff happening behind the scenes here. I completing one of the biggest projects of my life, so Im very excited to be able to talk about it soon.

Caught Antman and the Wasp today. I was disappointed! The first one was way better. Some of the visuals were really outstanding, but there were a few problems with this "distracted humor" we saw in Thor:Ragnorok, where the actors just go off on these long targets that don't have anything to do with anything. They went wayyy to many times to that & it annoyed me. Second thing was the villian or villians, just didnt really make a lot of sense. I like having one clear and defined baddy that really screws everything up and this movie was missing it.

I hate to say this, but I think this is a rental!

PS- There is an after trailer clip that ties into Avengers:Infinity war, and Dang....it was so weak. I could have written a much better tie in, but at least it is there. Hint: Think time travel

06.30.18         movie reviews  

Sicario 2


The first one was better and will be a classic. Sicario 2 was solid if you liked the first one. Plenty of timely insights into border security as well as the struggles of those coming and protecting it. Those aspects were thought provoking. I thought it was worth seeing in the theater with my Movie Pass. Very violent.

06.27.18         video  

Sony Mirrorlesses Top 5 Killer Features


My criticisms of Sony Cameras is coming, and Ill update it here shortly, but Ive been asked what are they doing better than other camera companies, so this is my short list.

TL/DW-

1. Sensor Design
2. Full Frame Video Oversampling
3. Eye AF
4. Face Tracking for Video
5. Internal Grading / Log / Gamma Display

Bonus- Camera body design allows for very short time between iterations, but the ergonomics are not that great - so I left it out.

06.26.18         website reviews  

James Patterson's Masterclass


As many of you know I am currently working on my 3rd book, my first fiction book. I just chip away at it every morning for an hour or so. A couple months ago, Master Class had an all you could consume offer of $90/year for the first year and $180 for ever year after.

Id taken the screenwriting course by Aaron Sorkin and enjoyed it, so I thought I would try it out and take a few classes on a few different subjects, including Chess by Gary Kasporov (it was very good and he even responded to me on Twitter), but really wanted to get some good insights for writing.

The Class by James Patterson was just INCREDIBLE. Literally every chapter was just packed with amazing insights. Ill probably watch it a second time.

I am in no way affiliated with Master Class, and am simply saying if you are a writer of fiction, you will enjoy this class very much.

James Patterson's MasterClass on Writing

06.23.18         tutorial & training videos  

Nikon D7500 Tutorial Crash Course Now Available!


Im happy to announce that we have a Nikon D7500 Crash Course Training Video that is nearly completed. Its been out for a while, but adds 4K video and better focusing systems to an already outstanding camera we saw in the D7200. This is one of the many cameras you will see at Costco for sale in a bundle, and truth be told we had so many other projects going on, we never got to it until now.

Download now available. We should also be doing a DVD shortly.

Click here to purchase the download: Nikon D7500 Crash Course - Download Only

06.22.18         movie reviews  

Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom


For as low of exceptions I had for this film, it was actually pretty ok. Obviously, the first one is still the best, but this is probably one of the better sequels to see in theaters. Definitely a lot of the "save the animals" kind of vibes were way over the top, and some of the motives of certain characters where like, eh, but if you can get past those two things, it was pretty decent!

06.18.18         photography  

Shooting at Jaws (Peahi) - Maui Big Wave Photography - Case Study #2


Had my first Big Wave Shoot last January when the Jaws swells came in. It was my first time shooting there, and I learned some important things that would be invaluable if it is your first time shooting.

Thank you to BHPhoto.com for supplying the Canon 5D IV I used in this shoot. Many great images, but the most important think I learned was REACH of the lens. You really need 800mm to get into the action, and I had to give up AF to get there with my Canon 2x iii Extender.

Enjoy!


06.15.18         movie reviews  

Incredibles 2


Disappointing! I fell right asleep within the first 10 minutes (never a good sign), and for the rest of it (about 2/3's) I was completely bored. This is coming from someone who absolutely loved the first one. Felt very "more of the same", with no real new explored ground. After 14 years, it just didn't have the emotional impact of the first.

Initially I felt that this might be ok for families, but truth is under the surface- it has too many disturbing themes as a friend pointed out.

Skip it altogether.

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