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12.03.18         photography  

14 Sony Alpha Weaknesses


Here are my top gripes about Sony Alpha Cameras, Enjoy!



What did I miss? Let me know in the comments below!

12.03.18         instagram  

Name the lens. I’ll be super impressed if you get...


Name the lens. I’ll be super impressed if you get it correctly without looking it up. Here’s a hint #canon ☺️

11.30.18         instagram  

I’m happy to announce that our Nikon D3500 contest...


I’m happy to announce that our Nikon D3500 contest winner @faith_nicole121 has already received her camera! I hope this answers any questions about whether or not my contests are real ☺️-Thank you to everyone who participated! More great giveaways and contests coming soon!

11.29.18         the maven nation - efficiency podcast  

#62 When To Do-It-All vs Specialize


Something every photographer should be aware of is the dichotomy between something that can do many things well, or something that can do only one thing extremely well. There are multiple examples in the photography world and Episode #62 of the Maven Nation will help you to differentiate between the two as well as determine when to do which. Enjoy! Thank you to Proven Nutrition for sponsoring this episode of the Maven Nation.

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11.29.18         the maven nation - efficiency podcast  

#61 5 Hacks For 1 Card Slot


A number of camera manufacturers introduced of 1 card slot cameras in 2018. Many believe this is an unforgivable sin in the professional world of photography, however Michael thinks otherwise. Here are 5 hacks that allow pro shooters to use 1 card slot professionally and get away with it. Enjoy!

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11.29.18         the maven nation - efficiency podcast  

Specialization vs Utility - Which is better? Episode 62 Maven Nation


Something every photographer should be aware of is the dichotomy between something that can do many things well, or something that can do only one thing extremely well.

There are multiple examples in the photography world and Episode #62 of the Maven Nation will help you to differentiate between the two as well as determine when to do which.

Enjoy!

Thank you to Proven Nutrition for sponsoring this episode of the Maven Nation. Try Corefit for free (just cover shipping)

Enter to win a Fuji X-T3 or Sony A7iii

11.28.18         instagram  

Shot with the Nikon Z6 and 70-200 2.8 E by FTZ...


Shot with the Nikon Z6 and 70-200 2.8 E by FTZ adapter. Working on my Nikon Z6 / Z7 Crash Course which should be ready in about 2 weeks. It’s actually a very nice system, and I like it much more than the EOS R. The FF video on the Z6 is amazingly sharp! Also no 1.2x crop at 30fps as on Sony’s. Really great dynamic range and ISO performance. The Focusing systems are not the best for sport shooting. We do get some Focusing for 120fps, but not face tracking, other that that, video shooters are going to love the Z6. I’ll have some tests coming soon. #z7 #z6 #nikonz6 #nikonz7

11.26.18         instagram  

Sending you lots of warmth, sunshine, good...


Sending you lots of warmth, sunshine, good weather, and amazing views from Maui, Hawaii. ‍♂️☺️#maui #hawaii

11.23.18         photography  

Canon EOS R Banding / Streaking Issue Poll





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Below are some of the image examples of what we are seeing, again these results are found by over exposing part of the frame with RAW files, adding between 1-2 EV and then lifting the shadows 100% (which makes it easier to see).

Most cameras do not display this behavior when processing RAW files and neither the Z7, XT3, or A7iii showed these kinds of artifacts within the same testing parameters. What I am saying is, if you have the issue, it is easy to recreate and is not consistent with other camera manufacturers.
This last image is the black cap test, which literally means taking a picture with the cap on and raising the EV and 100% shadows.

11.22.18         photography  

5 Hacks to Using 1 Card Slot As A Pro


I hear about 1 card slot being a no-go for pro-shooting, but the truth is....its not an issue. Ive never believed or said 1 card slot is a deal breaker. Enjoy!

A number of camera manufacturers introduced of 1 card slot cameras in 2018. Many believe this is an unforgivable sin in the professional world of photography, however Michael thinks otherwise. Here are 5 hacks that allow pro shooters to use 1 card slot professionally and get away with it. Enjoy!

Try Corefit for free (just cover shipping)

Enter to win a Fuji X-T3 or Sony A7iii

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).

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