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07.09.20         photography  

Canon R5 and R6 Officially Announced!


Purchase The Canon R5 and R6 Here!

I have already pre-ordered both! The R5 should be ship near the end of the month, with the R6 coming in late August.

High Lights of the R5:

- 45 MP
- 8K Video, RAW, CLOG, 10-422 (Just Wow!!!)
- 4K 60 & 4k 120 fps (!!!)
- 5 Axis IBIS
- 12 FPS Mechanical, 20 FPS Electronic
- Dual Card Slots, CF Express and SD




07.04.20         movie reviews  

The Outpost


Im not sure about you all, but boy do I miss going to movie theaters! I really can't wait for them to be open here again. There are so many good ones that have been postponed, but we will have to be patient.

In the mean time, I caught "The Outpost" last night as a rental from Apple+.
This film deals with a battle that occurred in 2009 in the Nuristan provenance in Afghanistan. So many valuable strategic lessons learned. I wont ruin them for you, but it was a pretty well done movie that depicted what happened in this battle, of about 30-40 Allied forces against 300-400 Taliban. Definitely worth the rental!

06.19.20         photography  

Canon T8i Crash Course On Hold


We have suspended production on the Canon T8i Crash Course. We only had 5 people express interest in the course, and for the amount of time and money it costs to produce, it will be impossible.

My digital photography crash course is available now, and it will give you a great start:Michaels Digital Photography Crash Course -2020

You can still leave your name and email if interested, if we get to 50-60 requests, we will do it.

Best wishes!


05.28.20         photography  

Fuji X-T3 vs X-T4


Wondering why you should get the Fuji XT3 or the Fuji XT4? Here are the major differences I am seeing:


05.18.20         netflix  

Den of Thieves


This one is for you DK. Thank you for continuing to check in. Yes, I am very sad about not being able to attend movies as per my usual friday afternoon, but something else wonderful happened. I started reading again, and I am enjoying it very much. There is something about a real paper book in your hands. Maybe Ill share some of those soon.

Netflix has a good action thriller that I hadn't seen or heard of before, called Den of Thieves. Its basically a Point Break + Heat type of film. It was solid! If you like either of those two movies you will enjoy this!

Im alive and will have more coming soon. Lots of VERY exciting things happening

05.18.20         photography  

Fuji X-T4 Tutorial Crash Course Now Available!


The Fuji XT3 / XT4 Tutorial Crash Course is now available and can be purchased here: FUJI XT3 / XT4 Tutorial Crash Course


The Fuji X-T3 / X-T4 Crash Course is now available for purchase!

03.22.20         photography  

Flippy vs Tilty Camera Monitors - The Great Debate


#CameraLCD #TiltyVsFlippyLCD #LCDvsFlippyScreen

I hope every one is being safe! I recently watched with awe at the announcement of the XT4 how many said it having a flippy monitor was a "dealbreaker". I couldn't wrap my mind around this. Who wouldnt love a flippy monitor? Well one group in particular: mostly photographers. In a poll with over 400 respondents, 18% said tilty was more usable than flippy, which to me sounds CRAZY. My guess is most of them are not videographers, so...with this in mind, Im asking for your help with a new poll:

Flippy Vs Tilty Monitors Poll

Michael’s Intro Camera Tutorial Videos

MAVEN Filters, Mini Microphone

My new MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers

03.19.20         movie reviews  

Contagion & Some Thoughts


So my love affair of going to the movie theater on Friday afternoons appears to be over for a while. I have a background in genetics, as well as 9 disaster deployments. All the numbers and everything Ive researched (for days) says this is real and if you aren't at that point yet, please take it seriously.

It isnt so much about the young and strong getting sick and dying, its more about spreading it to those who are vulnerable, the older generations, those with weakened immune systems and respiratory issues like asthma, They are at far greater risk. Its going to be very different for the next couple weeks, but we will be a better world on the other side of it no doubt.

Because of this, a movie I would STRONGLY recommend is Contagion. It is a very instructive of the challenges and issues the world would / is facing, but most importantly, how human behavior can change very quickly once in a disaster situation. Its one of Steven Sodenburgs best films.

As for me, I am hunkered down in self isolation for the last week or so, and will continue with my normal work. Lots of great videos and books (yes two!) and kickstarters coming.

Be safe and assume everyone you meet has it.

03.16.20         photography  

A Canon 150MP Sensor? No, its not coming for EOS or R owners, here is why...


If you saw the recent rumor about a 150 MP sensor coming for as a full frame, high resolution option coming in the near future, I can pretty much tell you it isn't coming anytime soon to the masses. Does such a sensor exist? Likely. But just existing or having special applications doesn't mean it will be in a FF camera for the general public any time soon, and the reason is, its only half of the system. It's far more likely we would see a 75-80 MP camera first.

#LensResolvingPower #Canon150MPSensor #Canon

The Basics Of Diffraction and Airy Disks | How Sensors Out Resolve Lenses | Physics of Pixel Pitch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MItl-ins56w&t=1s

Michael’s Intro Camera Tutorial Videos

MAVEN Filters, Mini Microphone:

My new MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers:

Michael’s Maven Straps

03.12.20         photography  

Fuji Video Zoom Exposure Shift Issue - Why it happens


I have received many requests to investigate this problem with Fuji lenses in that when you zoom during video there are slight Exposure shifts at certain focal lengths. This is most likely the culprit.


#Fuji #FujiExposureShift #FujiLenses

Michael’s Intro Camera Tutorial Videos:

MAVEN Filters, Mini Travel Tripod

My new MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers

Michael’s Maven Straps:

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