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05.25.16         video  

Nikon D500 Sunset Shot by Michael


I am most impressed with the overall image quality of the D500 more than anything, the focusing systems are good but there is something very crisp about all the images.

Shot in manual at 24mm.
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/160
ISO: 160
The Nikon D500 Crash Course Training Tutorial is coming soon! If you're interested in being contacted via email upon it's release please leave a comment below.

05.25.16         photography  

Chase Jarvis Explains "The Dirtiest Secret in Photography"


What Chase Jarvis has to say isn't mind-blowing or revolutionary but actually is because as he explains; nobody is talking about it. So what's the "dirtiest secret in photography". It's very simple. Most of photography has absolutely nothing to do with photography. What does this mean? To me, it means that our lives and art are what really inspire great photography. It means inspiration comes from everywhere.

In the video he mentions Brandon Stanton of the now world famous 'Humans of New York'. The thing about Brandon is that his photography is nice but it's the human story paired with the good pictures that make his work special. It's what set him apart from the rest and it's why he's now able to raise over $3 million dollar for pediatric cancer research.

Check out the video below and let me know what you guys think in the comments section.


05.25.16         instagram  

What a great way to end the day. I periscoped this...


What a great way to end the day. I periscoped this #maui #sunset shoot I'm @michaelthemaven there as well.

05.24.16         photography  

4 Minute Video Packed w/Tips on How to Make the Most of Your Next Photowalk


A photowalk is a great way to learn about a city or neighborhood while improving your photography. There are so many great reasons to try one wherever you are right now. They can help you learn spontaneity, courage, creativity, quick thinking, how to approaching strangers and so much more.

The video below is short but sweet - jammed with tons of information in just 4-minutes to help you improve your next photowalk. The phenomenal Swiss photographer Thomas Leuthard shares his tips and insights on how to improve your next walk. Hopefully it'll inspire you to get out there and try one today! Check it out below.

05.23.16         tutorial & training videos  

Nikon D500 Tutorial Part 2 | How To Focus Training


In this video Michael covers the very complex Nikon D500's focusing system as viewer through the optical viewfinder. This includes each way to activate focusing, the different modes, each focusing group an cluster as well as how to move and control each of them. Michael even goes into some of his favorite settings & preferences, techniques, menu suggestions, and back-button focusing. It is just one lesson from his over 4 hour tutorial; Nikon D500 Crash Course which will be available for full download soon.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Michael's FULL Nikon D500 Crash Course Training Tutorial.

05.23.16         instagram  

I like to go texture hunting at botanical gardens....


I like to go texture hunting at botanical gardens. Image quality on #d500 is wonderful, though I am starting to find its weaknesses. This was a 2470 2.8 with some super cheap macro extension tubes handheld. #Maui #botanicalgardens #macro

05.22.16         apps!  

Russian App Blurs Lines of Privacy


Technology and privacy concerns seem to go hand-in-hand these days. A facial recognition app has been released in that works in conjunction with Russia's most popular social media network Vkontakte. The app is called FindFace and touts 70% accuracy. Almost everyone in Russia is on Vkontakte and if you have pictures of yourself up chance are good any stranger can take a snap of you in public and find out who are quite easily.

While the idea of anyone being able to track you down is outright creepy, some are reporting possible positive uses. For example; it could help in reporting crime and catch perps. To see a little bit of what the app is all about check out the promo video below.

So what do you guys think? Creepy or cool? Leave your thoughts below.



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05.21.16         movie reviews  

Nice Guys


Caught "Nice Guys" last night. Just wow. This is a terrible movie. For as many big names in it, there is zero chemistry and I didn't care about any of the characters. Once Kim Basinger showed up, I could not stay seated any longer. The acting was so bad, I actually thought the director was playing a joke on me. I left and my only regret was not leaving sooner. I have an amazing tolerance for bad films, so when I leave the movie has to be really, really bad because I conclude doing literally anything else would be a better use of time than continuing to watch.

Save your money.

05.20.16         apps!  

Everest Climbers Document Their Journey via Snapchat


Some apps seem destined to fail and others seem like a childish novelty. When Snapchat first launched it was mainly used by teenagers to send ridiculous and funny moments to one another for a quick laugh with the confidence and security that it would disappear within a few seconds. Snapchat is like 'the little app that could'. Now they're being used by businesses, celebrities, and everyone in between.

There's also a more interesting use for Snapchat and the professional climbers Adrian Ballinger and Cory Richards are doing just that. If you follow their account you'll get an inside look into what it's like to climb Mt. Everest. The snaps automatically disappear after 24 hours but the guys are keeping the snaps alive via YouTube videos which you can check out below.

If you'd like to follow them you can do so here: EverestNoFilter


05.19.16         tutorial & training videos  

Best Macro Lenses for Beginners


Spring is in full swing and summer is fast approaching. Anytime is a great time for macro photography but some of my favorite subjects for macro work are insects and flowers. This is the perfect season.

I've been seeing a lot of posts and articles about macro photography so I thought I'd share a video of mine from about 9 months ago offering my advice about the best choices for macro lenses on a budget and what the 1:1 magnification ration is.

I hope you enjoy the video and if you're thinking about getting into the macro game and need some guidance you can purchase my Advanced Photography Techniques Crash Course where I present lessons on macro photography and much, much more. Check it out HERE.


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