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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.


 

11.15.19         movie reviews  

Ford vs Ferrari


It was outstanding. See it in theaters!

11.14.19         photography  

The Greatest Sports Image of All Time - Ali vs Liston 2 - Neil Liefer



11.13.19         photography  

3D Printing and Tinkercad Crash Course


I recently finished my Crash Course in 3D printing and Tinkercad. It’ll be free for the next 2 weeks as I get feedback on how to improve it. If you are interested, enroll now: 3D printing and Tinkercad Crash Course

11.11.19         photography  

What is a Split Diopter? How filmmakers cheated DOF for Decades!


Ever wonder how filmmakers pulled off very deep depths of field before the digital age? Here is how! Split diopters! Such a great tool!

This video was shot on the Canon 90D

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11.08.19         movie reviews  

Doctor Sleep


If you are a fan of The Shining, this is a must see in theaters. Temper your expectations because Doctor Sleep is not going to be the classic masterpiece that The Shining is. Kubrick was just too good. Fans of the book probably won't like it as much either, however, if you want to know the next chapter of that story in movie format, this is a home-run.

11.08.19         movie reviews  

Midway


If you like war history movies, this is a definite see in theaters. The biggest thoughts I had about it was how brave those dive bombers were. These were Legendary men.

There was something about the editing that felt off, pacing or explaining the tactics that led up to it. I think some of that might be hard to follow but make no mistake this is a great movie!

11.07.19         photography  

Micro Focus Adjustment - Cereal Box / Ruler Method - MFA How to Check Lens Alignment


Many Canon 90D owners have been complaining that their images are not quite as sharp using the optical viewfinder as they are in Live View.  The cereal box and ruler method allows photographers to quickly visualize where their lenses are focusing and to verify if they are out of alignment. This video demonstrates the philosophies of MFA (micro focus adjustment) and some of the principles to become familiar with if you decide to try this on your own. I think learning how to do this manually is a good exercise because sometimes you may need to make an adjustment and not have access to certain tools.

I did decide to keep my micro focused adjustment at -15 simply because I was getting better peak sharpness at that point.

It may appear that the Live View focus is off. A couple notes: MFA doesn't change Live View focusing, Im wayyyyy zoomed in, and finally it is normal for cameras to focus towards the front of the DOF.

If you haven't seen it already, please check out the 5 focusing tips before trying MFA: https://youtu.be/6Kq3ESNQbgY

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11.04.19         photography  

5 Tips For Focusing Problems - Check These Before Sending your Lens or Camera in!


Are you missing focus on many of your shots? Are you ready to send it in to the manufacturer to check? Not so fast! Before you do, make absolutely sure these 5 things are in order, otherwise you might just be wasting your money!

My next video will discuss a cheap, fast and easy way to micro-focus adjust, so hit that notification bell if you dont want to miss it!

Enjoy!

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11.02.19         photography  

No Lens is the Same


Yes, every lens is different. It will be well worth your time to inspect and test your new lens beyond what you expect to normally shoot with it. Know it strengths and weaknesses from the beginning, before your return date expires.

Also important to note that the calibration of lenses can change over time, we will discuss micro focus adjusting in a soon up coming video.

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11.01.19         movie reviews  

Terminator Dark Fate


It was awesome. The best since T2, not perfect, but dang good. Ill likely see it again in theaters.

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