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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.


 

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:

03.09.20         video  

5 Confidence Tips for Introverts - Starting A Youtube Channel


Most people are surprised when they find out I am a hard core introvert "you do so well on your youtube channel". It can be very stressful for introverts to get started, and there was one breakthrough, and very easy tip that literally changed my life about being in front of a camera I wanted to share with my fellow introvert brothers and sisters! Enjoy!

Michael’s Intro Camera Tutorial Videos

My new MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers

Michael’s Maven Straps

#TipsForIntroverts #StartingAYouTubeChannel #Confidence

03.07.20         instagram  

I’ve had 3 sell outs on my new #mavenminimic but...


I’ve had 3 sell outs on my new #mavenminimic but was never a fan of the camera mount that came with it, so I designed a new shock mount, and combined it with a dual cold shoe mount I made a while ago. The tension clip is very fast, not the screw type, made of PETG & 100% replaceable if it wears out it breaks. The mic is suspended with two rubber o rings, and you can still add two additional accessories, like a second mic and a light. Will work with any mini mic including the #rodevideomicro - I’ll have a promo for these coming soon - dm me if interested!

03.03.20         photography  

Best On Camera Microphone Under $50 2020 - Part 1 - Maven Mini Microphone for Cameras


This is the first of a series of videos discussing the best beginner microphone, under $50 for 2020. There is a long history to it, and this microphone was the winner of blind sound test. I hadn't heard of the company and did a lot of research to bring it to the spotlight. This video is a basic introduction to the Maven Mini Microphone, and some of the reasons I no longer recommend the Rode Video Pro, I will have some follow up videos discussing the challenges of recording in camera, preamps, workflow and other topics, so I know many of you will want side by side tests, those have been recorded and are coming soon. Thank you!

Here is the limited offer on the Maven Mini Mic:

Look for the coupon box when checking out on Amazon, it will save you 60% for a limited time only!

My new MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers

Michael’s Intro Camera Tutorial Videos

MAVEN Filters, Travel Tripod

Michael’s Maven Straps

#CameraMicrophone #DSLRMicrophone #VloggingMic

02.28.20         photography  

4 Reasons to Not Answer Beginning Photography Questions


With the amount of questions I get every day online there is no possible way for me to answer everything.

My students who are willing to accept the burden of learning always learn more faster than those who do not.

Kinda hard to believe I am saying this, but yes, there are certain circumstances I wont answer certain types of photography questions. We see a lot of animosity towards beginners in forums (and probably will) and I was always trying to figure out why this happens. I finally think I caught a glimpse of it, and Im starting to feel like there are times its better to not answer. I dont think being mean is the way to go, but not answering is probably ok in these circumstances.

I am being too mean? Did I miss any other reasons?


#BeginnerPhotographer #PhotographyQuestions #NewPhotographerQuestions

Michael’s Intro Camera Tutorial Videos

MAVEN Filters, Mini Microphone

My new MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers

Michael’s Maven Straps

02.25.20         photography  

Lens Sharpness Is Overrated - These 5 Photographic Elements Matter More


For as much time as I spend talking about lens sharpness, it isn't the first or even second most important part of an image, its actually 6th on my list. I do LOVE a good sharp lens, but without these other elements, sharp images dont matter as much. What good is a very sharp lens if it is out of focus or over exposed? Would love to know where you guys have it on your list!

#LensSharpness #CameraLensSharpness #SharpImages

Michael’s Intro Camera Tutorial Videos

MAVEN Filters, Mini Microphone

My new MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers

Michael’s Maven Straps


02.20.20         photography  

Fuji X-T4 | Full Specs Confirmed - 15FPS, 240 @1080, Battery, Screen & More!


Im now under the opinion that certain camera manufacturers are intentionally trickling out specs through rumor sites. https://www.fujirumors.com has done a great job getting the details out to the public and it looks like the final specs are confirmed before next weeks official announcement!

All info is coming from: https://www.fujirumors.com

Check out some of my fuji crash courses!

Michael's Fuji X-T3 Crash Course

Michael’s Intro Camera Tutorial Videos

MAVEN Filters, Travel Tripod

My new MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers

Michael’s Maven Straps

#X-T4 #FujiX-T4 #FujiFilm

02.17.20         photography  

Nikon 780 Maven Usability Score - 87.5


Using the new Usability scoring system I proposed a few videos ago, the Nikon D780 feels very intuitive and mostly easy to use. There were only a few glaring omissions and thoughts I had on its improvement.

Methodology - Each Camera Starts at a Base Score of 65 and I then add and subtract points based on a set of criteria (that I am still figuring out) but will be transparent as to how I get those points here - How I score: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ334yshxpk&t=3s

(Methodology Update:
Start at 65
Plain Tilty Monitors Get +2 instead of +1
I have also removed digital level as most cameras have them, so the score remains largely the same)

Titly Monitor: +2
Touch Sensitive Monitor For Shooting: +2
Touch Monitor for Menus: +2
Deep Grip: +2
Power Switch Around Shutter: +1
2 Card Slots: +2
Customizable Buttons (.5 Its Each)- +1.5
Customizable Quick Menu: +2
Locking Dials +1 x 3 = 3
Charge in Camera +1
Good Eye AF: +2
Peaking +1
Zebras +1

Penalties- Need a double tap in menus: -1

Updated Total Score: 87.5

Michael’s Intro Camera Tutorial Videos

MAVEN Filters, Mini Microphone

My new MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers

Michael’s Maven Straps


Nikon D780

#Nikon #NikonD780Usability #D780

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