Michael The Maven's Efficiency Playbook ~ Today I finished the first draft of my next book, which has a working title of "Efficiency Playbook". Efficiency has been a pet project since I was 17. Any time I learned something about being more productive, I would write it down and this is the summary of that notebook in the form of a playbook to solve different kinds of problems we all face. I've narrowed down every single tactic to 6 principles, and then use real life examples to illustrate them. I'll have to get it to an editor and go through a few drafts, but hope to finally publish it next spring sometime. I'm going to give it away for free to my newsletter subscribers at that time. Feel free to sign up on my blog if you want a free copy I'll put a link in my profile page. www.michaelthemaven.com #efficiencyplaybook #michaelthemaven
Is your Model Looking into the sun? ~ I love to shoot portraits during golden hour but model facing the sun isn't always comfortable for them (obviously lol). I have them look off center, close their eyes and open them on the count of three. This was @julialeecarroll for our #t6s #t6i vs #d5500 epic shootout a few months ago
Maven Mount Dual Cold Shoe Go Pro DSLR Mount ~ Have you ever needed to feed 2 microphones into a single camera mic port, and have no way to do it? Sure there are some XLR input preamp devices that will do it for a few hundred bucks, but they are too big, bulky and expensive (we have one) We were recently shooting we and we kept running into this need for 2 microphones going into one camera. I tinkered around on my 3D printer and this is what I came up with, which I am calling the "Maven Mount". The microphones feed into a stereo breakout cable, which separates them into individual channels. Once the footage is imported, you can edit and manage each channel individually. It'll also hold a small Rode mic with a lav, or a go pro with Rodelav, or just a go pro. The go pro mount will also hold an iPhone for various uses which I'll demonstrate shortly on my YouTube channel. It also has a quick release in the front that will fit on different cameras. I've made 10 extras if anyone is interested let me know and I'll send you a link. #mavenmount
Lenses are expensive. So if you own a series of Nikon lenses but wanted to make the switch to a Sony E-Mount camera, the decision would probably be a difficult one. Companies have made Canon adapters fairly widely available but Nikon always seemed to get overlooked. Until now that is. Finally there is a Nikon AF adapter for Sone E-Mount. It's produced and will ship from China but could very well be worth the roughly $300 investment if you've been itching to try the amazing Sony cameras.
We've all seen how terrible the 'Hobbit Trilogy' was. Now Peter Jackson admits that he honestly felt like he "didn't know what he was doing." Bad timing and bad planning led to the disastrous films. Check out the video below to see how strict planning and scheduling is critical in filmmaking.
Ask Adobe About Photoshop or Premiere ~ Had a great meeting today with @jeffreyaallen at @adobe in Lehi covering a multitude of topics and opportunities. I've always had a few really hard core tech questions for Adobe engineers about Photoshop and Premiere Pro and it looks like I might have the chance to sit down with them and find out the answers to questions I've had for years, like "how does the raw engine in PS & LR differ from the processing engines in camera" kinds of questions. I'm making a list, what do you guys think I should ask them? Thanks for everything today Jeff!
@robdiamondfilms & I had an epic 10 day road trip to LA to reviewedit our movie @loveeverlastingmovie , see good friends and have many important meetings. In terms of trips, it was one of the most educational and enjoyable I remember in some time. It's hard to find the balance between how excited we are and how much work we still have to do. we are starting to focus on the task at hand. I feel so very humbled and full of gratitude for the opportunity, I just can't emphasize that enough. What a great cast & crew we worked with, and I think everyone will be pleasantly surprised with the final product. I think it will release sometime summer of 2016. #loveeverlastingmovie