JUNE - DEC WEDDINGS and EVENTS SEASON
2015 BLACK BOX SALE
2 BLACK BOXES COMPLETE KITS WITH CHARGERS $358.00 /364.00 INS
Shipping Included but not insurance, which is about 6.00 more. 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.
NEW MONEY MAKER
SOON TO BE ANNOUNCED IN DIGITIZING SECTION
In beta and field testing now… You have customers, friends, relatives, and possibly a closet filled with Ektachrome, Kodachrome, FujiChrome and AgfaChrome etc. slowly degaussing and gathering dust. Turn them into money…. Get on the pre-sale notification list, just email me and we’ll keep in touch.
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 thats the way it’s been from the beginning specifically for the guys who make or want a living out of the Photography Business.
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.
Enjoy the website, it’s more than just the hand built packs I build. I personally make every product by hand, teach photo classes, and 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.
To make money, especially in the Wedding Game, Events and Conservation, you have to develop an attitude toward Photography. Thats If you take it seriously, "I call it the food on the table", and not just for helping out your cousin or friend, you will have to devote time to learn and improve but we you also have to make it fun.
Learning is not reading Shutterbug or PopPhoto which are nothing but pages of ads, supplemented by pages of reviews which are ads and endorsements of the same gear. We call that cranial-rectal dyslexia since you won’t make a dime off it, but will donate many dimes to the latest and greatest rebuild of the wheel.
Three words for success: Simplicity, Redundancy, and Preparation. Experience is a great teacher, so are disasters, but 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. Here are the section of my website.
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 or chimping, you are in the right place.
My Black Box is a high capacity pack designed for the long haul. The wedding that runs hours over, like 95% of them. It is not an undernourished Chinese Lithium based pack that will be extinct in a year just like all the other stuff.
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 shooter (YOU) is not in charge anymore.
This section 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. Rugged? My packs have survived a myriad of crashes, bangs, dings, and dents, falls and being driven over by cars 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.
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.
SECTION TWO: MAKING MONEY IN THE PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS
For decades and over 400+ weddings, I learned a lot from the myriad of Brides I shot. Each one a rare and unique study into the pressure chamber self-imposed during the Wedding Event. From those drop-dead gorgeous beautiful Brides you wished were cloned each week to those whose glowing red pustules where the eyes were must have been, were 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 and it's amazing how freely they offer good advice which offer you.
I will tell you what I think, you may or may not like it, but 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 am a writer of columns and blogs on bad food, bad people, bad gear, and all those things you talk about at the water cooler you weren't supposed to.
THREE PARTS TO THE GUIDE
1- 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".
2-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.
3- 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, the focus on the Bride, everything else is just advertising.
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.
"DIGGER" INDICATES UNDER CONSTRUCTION
NO SMOKE NO BULLSH*T - You are about to get truth.
Thoughts Deader than Casey's Balls
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POLITICS, SEX, and RELIGION EXPOSED
"Things not spoken about except at the water cooler"
FOOD, FODDER and FOIE GRAS IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY
"How to get thrown out as a food critic, tell the truth"
THE CENTRAL COMMAND MEMORIAL
ACCURATE PLATING and WEAPONRY
"Professional Factory Gunsmithing and Plating"
DIAL INDICATOR REPAIR
"Make your Indicator like New"
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