WEDDINGS and EVENTS SEASON - 2015
BLACK BOX SALE
2 BLACK BOXES COMPLETE KITS WITH CHARGERS $358.00
Shipping Included but not insurance, which is about 6.00 more, everything I ship will be insured. This is for the Wedding Shooter, Studios, Sports and News chasers. Limited amount available at this price. You may buy more than one of these offers for the Wedding and Event houses with multiple shooters. For those who already use the Black Boxes, this is my way of saying thank you for the thirty years we have been on this site in some fashion or another. This is a great three light or five light setup.
Welcome to the home of the Black Box, the Heavy Duty power pack for the extended time range, heavy shooters in the Wedding, Event, Sports, Forensic, and Commercial fields and that the way it’s been from the beginning specifically for the guys who make a living in the Photography Business and for those who hope to. And it’s done in a humorous and sometimes sarcastic way.
I am a shooter myself, surviving over 400+ Weddings, with plenty of close calls and thats not counting corporate and charity events close to the Camera District of New York where I worked, which may someday may declare B&H, 47th Street, and Adorama their own state based on revenues they collect. Today I reside in the Tampa Bay region of Florida known for it’s short lived disastrous sports teams, wrong way drivers, horrible fast food and the usual and abundant array of corrupt Florida Politicians, just a bunch of cannon fodder I get to write about.
It's been about fifty years, as a shooter, lab and retail store owner, teaching many “How to make a few bucks in the Wedding and Event Industry". Old school, every day building, constantly challenged and inventing ways to keep up with the ever-changing market. It keeps the mind going, prevents depression, the arthritic joints moving and the phone ringing. I can never retire, retirement is a first step to leaving this world. When the brain stops, the train stops and you have to get off.
Enjoy the website, it’s more than just the hand built packs I build. Since the beginning I have personally made every product by hand, taught photo classes, there are products, ideas, challenges, and training on this site with the brainstorming coming from a selection of successful photographers who use many of my products and we share their thoughts and ideas here for free, no clubs to join, no registration, no emails, no dues and no pestering.
We are updating the website and the Wedding Guide. I apologize, sharing information sometimes means long reads. We have to do this more frequently as the market and products are changing quite rapidly. For those who are not sure about something, please, I welcome your call. 727-812-8101
RULE ONE OF THE MANTRA
To make money, especially in the Wedding Game, if you take it seriously and not just helping out your cousin or friend, is to learn and have fun. Three words: Simplicity, Redundancy, and Preparation. Experience is a great teacher, disasters are not so great. If you have to reach for the manual when the bride is having a meltdown, go back to flipping burgers and have a cheese meltdown.
Four plus decades ago another brand of pack failed during a Wedding, I decided to make my own with simpler designs, more long range power since most pros only utilize maybe 5-10% of the menu in those new cameras. Bells and whistles mean nothing when the AA’s die.
And PROS know that. Those who know light and how flash works could care less about flashes with more modes than light was created for, and battery packs with more bells, horns and whistles than a LeGrange fire engine. Their focus is on the Bride or speaker. Any many new to the game can’t afford 1000 dollar flashes and gear, we are affordable, can do 95% of what the expensive stuff does and will last longer and cost you less. Besides we can make almost any flash work, not limited to some models. Legacy units have value.
Ninety percent of the Weddings occur in two parts, the formal Ceremony with those on their most pious behavior encompassing varied religious rites and customs and then the Celebration encompassing, hysterics, jealousies, past affairs, emotions, decorum collapsing, booze, food and the occasional riot. Are you ready for this?
K.I.S.S. Our techniques imply Simplicity, Redundancy and Preparation. Maybe to a noobie, all of those features and benefits on the brand new MasterDominator IIID Mark 45 really help the light impaired new guy with confidence till they miss the big one, chimping, distracted, and the kid with the cell phone out performs him. The pro on the other hand knows light and his flash and makes one simple adjustment with the right answer. We’ll work on that.
THE MANUAL THINKER
A good majority of wedding hitters and event shooters I commune with have one mode called “manual thinking". It’s in the brain, not on the camera, a control thing. The control of light is called Photography. Someone who has mastered the control is called a Photographer.
Thus my packs intentionally have longevity, you know from experience booking a Wedding by the hour means nothing anymore, the more they imbibe the longer the party goes on and the average Wedding runs over by two hours plus the time the Bride showed up late which is common.
My customers could bring home the bacon with a slingshot. They are in the game for financial renumeration sometimes called “ feeding the family” and recognizance of their work, not idolization. It’s called a making a good living and confident with your artistry.
I don’t spend a lot of time on forums or social media, too much brand adoration, and a lot of time going over the same things. And I don’t subscribe to the rumor mills and useless communication over the latest chip in the Canon or Nikon that will revolutionize some third world country. Being in the retail and wholesale part of the industry in business, I am an insider, I see what others see only a hundred times over and that chip they are pushing was in a SONY six months prior. Nikon, Canon, and others, more than you think use SONY chips and motherboard components.
One of the Wedding Mills I support with six shooters busy all the time supplies cameras to his shooters and buys the least expensive model they make. Thats right, thats all they need, he has a dozen Nikon 3100, 3200 bodies. Weddings are basically a simple shoot, two pre-scoped locations, the story (script) is leaked and told at the rehearsal, a knowledge of the Bride and a visit to her family psychiatrist and so forth. In the military we called this good intel. A noobie with no intel is called a disaster.
For the products I build and sell, I like it simple, I give you knowledge and ideas to help you survive in the photographic industry. My goal is to get you thinking, simplify the job with easier gear and perhaps helping you to make some money.
SECTION ONE - PRODUCTS, SERVICES, ORDERING, PRICES OF MY GEAR
I have been building Wedding and Event setups for close to fifty years. If word of the BLACK BOX, or the cure for the fumbling, inadequate, inconsistent use of AA batteries got you here, you are saved. Remember, the shot of the year when the flower girl kissed the ring bearer got caught on fifty cellphones and you missed it when you were changing your AA cells, you are in the right place.
My Black Box is a long distance high capacity pack designed for the long haul. The wedding that runs hours over. It is designed for the shooter who needs high capacity in time and shot counts. Weddings, Social Events, Sports, Forensic, Commercial recording, thats my market. There are faster units on the market and you might need them when the bride was running a 10.2 over hurdles and she is in panic mode. That what we call an uncontrolled wedding.
The PRODUCTS AND SERVICES TAB - Explains what I offer in products and services, terms of pricing of battery packs, brackets, cable shortening, and so forth. This section deals with products I designed and built to be simple and rugged. The Black Box, is a PRO series, and the smaller Tuxedo, are cost efficient power packs for the most common strobes on the market today, and will also fit many legacy units.
BASICALLY BLOW UP PROOF - And my packs have survived a myriad of crashes, bangs, dings, and dents, falls and being driven over by a car and they still keep working. Try that with that thousand dollar rig you bought. It easily handles a Wedding or sports event, a day in Forensics and other commercial applications.
FEATURE RICH - My pack is built to work day after day, a capacity almost double most others on the market and charges back within four to five hours and ready to work the next day. Day after Day. It comes standard with airline caps, belt holder, shoulder tabs and a Euro Charger good anywhere in the world with a simple plug changer. This gear is different in it’s Chemistry. No blow up short life Lithium rechargeables, no shorter life NiMH AA refills. Isn't that what you wanted to get away from? Bumbling, fumbling, unpredictable, AA cells. Just ask Boeing and your cellphone supplier about Lithium, might want to include the TSA while you are at it.
SECOND SECTION: MAKING MONEY IN THE PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS
For decades and over 400+ weddings, I learned a lot from the Brides I shot. From those wonderful beautiful Brides you wished were yours with resplendent tears of joy, to those whose glowing red pustules where the eyes were must have been, truly the daughters of the under-lord Mephistopheles. The so-called Bridezilla. Some, so far gone from reality they should of been best shot with a “ Winchester 70 Mark IID”.
Nevertheless you are the contractee and they are the boss even though it is the Brides first big day on the job.
Lets hope it’s not your last. The Wedding Book for Beginners and Pros alike I wrote is on this site and it is free. It contains sections on business and practice for the new and used Photographer. You learn a lot in half a century, you have to be flexible in your thinking and I am like an intersection of knowledge picked up from great photographers all over the world.
It's amazing and rewarding how freely they offer good advice which I readily share, usually with a touch of humor and a dose of Brooklyn sarcasm added. That differs from those who charge and do fancy seminars and shows.
I will tell you what I think and it will be truthful, no manufacturer owns me and a few would like me to go away. It's ingrained for me to slam shams and scams. I write columns and blogs on bad food and bad people all those things you talk about at the water cooler you weren't supposed to. So bad photo gear comes easy to write about.
The Wedding Guide and Business Plan are updated daily. It is a lot of information. Better to read it, learn about the forces, mental, chemical, and physical effecting this trial of your patience, rather than have to pay a shrink when you have a breakdown.
THREE PARTS TO THE GUIDE - It explains the people structure and the pitfalls, what to look out for and how to prepare to be smarter than the occasional "Bridezilla" of today because Weddings haven’t changed, only some bad actors imitating the “ Bad Girls”, the Kardashians, or Bridezilla reality shows.
But it’s not all about them, the second section is the most complete series of both mental structuring, and good business sense to succeed in this business for YOU, or any other endeavor for that matter. Much of it came from field training I had access to, wrote and utilized for a large corporation which is still in business. The number one failure in the Wedding-Event game is you. Prospecting for new clients probably stopped after you shot your cousins Wedding. The business is like farming, don't plant seed, don't expect a crop. I show you how.
The third section of the guide is really pointers on gear and will be expanded significantly. No, I do not waste my time doing a review on the big threes latest model since it really wont do anything spectacular and is nothing more usually than a breadboard or chip change. I see a lot of dumb trends being pushed missing the whole thing about Weddings, it's not about you, it’s not about what brand you use, focus on the Bride.
THE THIRD SECTION : YOU CAN "DO-IT YOURSELF”
A guide for " Do it Yourself " with great inexpensive products you can build yourself that work as well as the commercial overpriced stuff does. I love dreaming this stuff up. It’s humor for me. I am a student of simplicity with Advanced and Doctorate degrees from Ace Hardware, Lowes and Home Depot.
I find overpriced junk on the web all the time and with some findings and common everyday tools you can build inexpensive gizmos to make your life easier and they will do the same thing. From box holder to flash gear you might just have what you need sitting in your house, the tricks are "exposed" and many may be just the thing you need in an emergency.
For most, all you will need are Allen wrenches, actually one 3/16, a 7/16 box wrench, a pair of pliers, you get the idea. Don't have any knowledge of these tools, ask your wife, obviously she must be the one who fixes the things around the house.
Newer technology and always improving, we went back to the drawing board and while maintaining our standards in Gizmology, we are now able to offer offer the New Heavier Light Stand adapters for Black Boxes and Tuxedos. Cheap!
THE FOURTH SECTION: INFORMATIONAL
Here is my relaxation, just the fun stuff, feedback, incredibly great people I have had the fortune to meet, and much off the wall sometimes things I see and hear in the industry that I can rant about. The great folks I have had the privilege of being with and information it won’t hurt you to know something about.
Collectors, there is a page on Nikon Rangefinders with bodies, lenses, and accessories for sale. Almost anything can wind up in this section.
Disclaimers and Safe Browsing
This website and my online free book “The Guide To Weddings” has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and we make no claims it will cure any disease, or malady caused by shooting photos’s at Weddings or at worst someone from the wedding shooting you. No photographers, brides, grooms, horses, sheep or canines were injured during the writing of this book and if you cannot afford an attorney, my nephew will be available at the usual exaggerated attorney fees for malpractice cases so I can get my cut. We use two, sometimes three ICONS to represent certain circumstance.
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