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Introduce yourself!


I thought this would be a good thread for everyone to come in and tell a little about yourself, especially as the forum is just getting started.


My name is Michael Andrew, but I go by Michael The Maven. I have been a Canon shooter for almost 10 years now and I LOVE Canon gear. 


I started off primarily as a portrait and wedding photorgapher, after a few years of working as a videographer in the wedding industry in Alabama. For the past 5 years, I have run a free online photography school for beginning Canon shooters and have have produced several Canon training videos, many clips of which can be seen on Youtube. I am intimiately familiar with the following Canon gear:


Canon Rebel XSi

Canon Rebel T1i

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T4i

Canon 40D

Canon 50D

Canon 60D

Canon 5D

Canon 7D

Canon 5Dii

Canon 5Diii


Canon Speedlite 430, 580 Ex, Exii

Canon Speedlite 600


I look forward to meeting everyone and sharing my knowledge with you if I can help!



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Hello all,

My name is Shankar and I am from Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

I have been a Canon user for more than 30 years with several of the sureshot film cameras and then the powershot digital cameras. The first serious camera was the S5IS. which was a wonderful camera and helped me learn many of the photography fundamentals. I entered the DSLR world with the Rebel XS, then moved on to 60D, 5D mkIII, 6D MKII and now R6 mirrorless. I have sold all my DSLR cameras and lenses and am fully invested in mirrorless technology.

I was a very active learner at the POTN (Photography On The Net) forums hosted by Canon. I learned everything I know about pro photography there. Lighting, camera setting for landscape, portraiture, etc. etc.

Any POTN members here?

I am a retired engineering manager from Ford (31 wonderful years) and I am spending more time with photography. I love people photography., bird photography and especially fashion photography. I have been to Paris & NY fashion shows and a lot of local shows in Michigan.

My IG handle is @shankar_hokie where you can see some of my work.

I look forward to many discussions and learning experiences.

Hope fully, this can take off like POTN!!