A FEW UPDATES
Currently because of a business arrangement, I added SONY to the information and products I provide. I carried Nikon and some Canon for forty-seven years, it had it’s benefits, fast tech service, decent employee perks, the paper had the lenses I didn’t want to mortgage the house for us to use and we sold NIKON in the store.
But many things changed. Business wise a camera store can be a disaster financially these days. At one time Pinellas County, FL and Hillsboro County, FL had eleven full line camera stores. Today, there are none, one store north in Pasco County and one in Manatee County.
I retired the first time and got out of specifically doing sports, weddings and politicians, preferring production and commercial work. I decided to let my collection of almost every film prosumer or Pro Nikon, Canons, Contax and Leica go, usable’s and collectables. And to be honest, I failed at retirement. Like a moth to the flames I got dragged back. That ended after the election. I went with my SONY’s.
But I will be shooting for my interests, I will still be doing battery packs, slide work, cables, digital single equipment graphic arts and business cards, building digital scanners just as before, nothing will change, this keeps me alive and active.
I’m working out of my home, and my travel will be on cruise ships, letting the crew do the work. Hopefully before the world ends prematurely, due to the idiots in charge, some of those cruises will be on other continents if Mr. Blunderbuss doesn’t declare war on them.
I will be available working from 6:00 am to 12:00 (Noon) daily by phone and email having fun from twelve on with my new large printer and producing images, encouraging wall imagery for a hospital Cancer project (I am a Cancer care-giver working with stem-cell transplanted survivors) and a few other jobs. And cruising my turf Tampa Bay looking for creative story stuff.
SEVERE PENALTY WARNING
MORE HOT NEWS announced by the FAA. The Samsung Seven, all models are restricted from being carried aboard an aircraft, or stowed in luggage. If caught it will be confiscated and you will be possibly fined as much as $179,000 dollars and/or worse 10 years in jail as now it is considered a dangerous device. ($179,000 Is Not A Joke)
The TSA battle and they are right on this one, is over the instability of Chinese, subbed Indonisia, subbed Malaysia Lithium. A reminder my packs are sealed lead acid or SLA , Ni-MH and not on the bad list.
Just make sure you have the red caps on the battery when traveling on an airline. So leave the flying carpets, scooters, hovercraft and anything else Lithium powered off the planes.
SERVICES and PRODUCTS
THE BLACK BOX - LONG DISTANCE POWER IN BATTERY PACKS
Owners - Because of our Black Box designs, upgrades are more like simple maintenance. We are different from others in which enormous amounts of money are needed to sustain the products. It's called simplicity. And that keeps the product up to speed, and usable for minimal cost for a long, long, time.
New Customers - The Black Box, the HD power pack for the extended time range, heavy shooters in the wedding, event, sports, forensic, and commercial fields are still made by my hands one at a time.
And thats the way it’s been from the beginning, we designed things for the professional, specifically for the guys who make or want/have/need to make a living out of the Photography Business.
Using our system, that can be as much as 6000-8000 plus shots at reduced power. It does not include flash cables for your specific flash unit. No excuses, we build, you use, products work, you make money.
I make simple, overbuilt, redundant products. No bleeps, no bling, no BS.
Experience is a great teacher, so are disasters, but disasters are not so great, but can make a lasting impression. If you have to reach for the camera manual when the bride is having a meltdown, go back to flipping burgers and have a cheese melt-down. It’s safer.
I have been building packs and other equipment for the photo industry for close to fifty years. If word of the BLACK BOX, was suggested to you or you have been searching for 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 or event that runs hours over, like 95% of them when the other packs are exhausted.
It is not an undernourished prone to failure Chinese Lithium based pack that will be extinct in a year just like all the other stuff that comes from there. I have three of them sent to me that don’t work, went bad, not as advertised, etc. I looked inside and can’t help them, the cheap micro boards, and cheap cells, don’t hold up, I suspect the heat Lithium gives off kills the micro boards. We, like many companies forced in some cases to use SOME Chinese products build in a 15% failure rate on their components.
SLIDE 2 DIGITAL - AUTOMATED SCANNING - Our Way!
I’m offering you a chance to make money with the S2D Slide to Digital operating system. For those of you who have ordered and used Black Boxes you know how I engineer things. Simple, frankly overkilled, redundantly safe and secure products.
Now we have another money maker. You have customers, friends, relatives, and possibly a closet filled with Ektachrome, Kodachrome, Fuji Chrome and Agfa Chrome slides slowly degaussing and gathering dust. Somewhere out there are about six billion slides.
And most likely a broken unfixable Kodak Carousel going or already useless as there are no parts and few work on them. The solution, turn the sides into digital and money.
When you just have a few weddings on the books, here is a related product that can profitably fill in the gaps. In fact one user in New England is doing more slides than Weddings now. The Wedding market is changed and so have other events with the advent of smart phones and Mamarozzi with her Canon Rebel or Nikon 3300.
Just look at our new Slide 2 Digitizing unit which is a fast as predicted, about 800 full frame quality slides per hour, with High Resolution cropped enlargeable sometimes color corrected slide. 24MP files. Wen print 24x30’s all the time from the huge files when the credit card machine says approved.
Converting old slides into modern digital imaging formats and turning incredible profits with a two hour setup and learning curve. And a 2399.00 dollar investment, includes everything including a premium 24MP SONY Camera, special lens combo, works anywhere there is a table, no supplies, chemicals, no paper needed, totally self contained, and independent.
OMG SLIDES - FROM GODZILLA
Oh My God. We receive some really odd slides at times mostly heavy duty European sealed monsters that require special handling since they are so thick they cannot go through the S2D automatic digitizer.
Most are permanently mounted and removal might ruin the slide itself. Some are classified as rare and we have to take special precautions doing this work but it pays well because it is entirely a manual operation and we can’t use the S2D.
I created an out of the box solution from an old Bowens Illumitran, which is now new again. It’s reborn, stronger, tougher, safer and built to Jacobs Engineering Standards (Just say “JES”) and I called it “The Illumitron”, being frugal, I only had to change one letter from “Illumitran”. ILLUMITRON.
⚠️Please read the warning on doing this conversion yourself, if you can even find one to rebuild. The capacitor in it is 450 volts and if you desire permanent curly hair, curly toes and incontinence, make one mistake.
THE WEDDING BOOK
MY BOOK IS AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN FREE, IT MIGHT MAKE YOU THINK THOUGH...
💒 For decades, as a shooter, wedding planner and wedding psychiatrist with 450+ weddings under the belt, I learned a lot from the myriad of Brides I photographed on their most important day and each one a rare and unique study into the self-imposed pressure chamber which promulgates like a viral creature from Mars during the Wedding Event.
Weddings to an outsider (thats you the shooter) are just like STAR WARS with each new wedding like a segment exposing something different just as Luke Skywalker experienced. There are those wonderful moments week after week that I have photographed gorgeous beautiful Brides and Grooms and Bridal parties you wished were cloned each week and this would be an ongoing nirvana.
But thats not life, it takes a different turn at times. Suddenly you get to see and witness the “The Dark Side”. A result of the high stress world today, the other extreme, when these beautiful baby blues turn into glowing red pustules where the eyes were must have been and it would scare you.
You would think they were daughters of the under-lord Mephistopheles. Blame it on TV and reality shows coaching this is how Brides act and what you are supposed to act like.
💒 The first section explains the people structure and the pitfalls, what to look out for and how to prepare to be smarter and avoid the uncommon occasional problem wedding of today.
💒 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. I taught sections of this for a large corporations and it will set you straight in the business.
💒 The third section of the guide is really pointers on gear and will be expanded as needed. No, I do not waste my time doing a review on the big threes latest model since it really won’t do anything spectacular and is nothing more usually than a breadboard or chip change because of chip development, renovation, supply and demand.
Which SONY releases a year after they use it on their equipment, and then sells or licenses to Nikon, Canon and five others. T The joke is usually on the two “ mouths” on a forum or in a store battling feature for feature who really aren’t in the loop.
🏟 Breaking down the phrase “Event Photography” into it’s two components in the equipment section simply means any occurrence or groups, or masses, in one place for an occasion is part one, and the recording or photographing said project is part two. Events are trade shows, corporate announcements or promotions, holidays, feel good morale boosters, weddings, banquets, proms, team sports, anniversaries, trade shows, fundraisers, political social enterprise, and more. More than twenty people, its an event.
🏛 Miscellaneous There are more and more photographers splitting their time as some markets decline and some prosper. The shooter has to be productive and I know some great wedding shooters who delve into other markets (sometimes with associates) to broaden their base. Quiceneras, Bar mitzvahs, Golf Tournaments, Pool Tournaments, almost any event counts and some turn out to be fun.
I did a presentation for Photographic Journalism during career day for a school and gave the teachers and kids enough business cards with a portrait offer and picked up a slew of family business, portraits and a Wedding. In this section, heres how, and what gear works and doesn’t.
OUR FULL SERVICE LABORATORY FOR - SLIDES PRINTS, BUSINESS CARDS
DO-IT YOURSELF - FOR THE GUY WHO SHOPS AT ACE HARDWARE
🛠 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, eBAY, Amazon, Lowes and Home Depot.
🛠 I find overpriced junk on the web all the time and paying a lot of money for something for one job is ludicrous. With some findings and ACE Hardware, a few common everyday tools you can build devices of better substance.
Your imagination is your guide. An entire plethora of inexpensive gizmos to make your life easier and they will do the same thing. This is my fun stuff because if I use what I built and likely it’s not needed any more , it comes apart and I make it into something else.
LAST NOTE - CLEANING HOUSE
I have been accumulating Photographic Equipment for years, since I needed the gear for my personal shooting and for developing battery packs and solutions.
In addition, my associate and I went to auctions, and as members of IPI and PRO went to stores that were closing, owners retiring, and I have at my disposal hopefully before my next birthday (March 14, 2018, I will be 75) a lot of equipment in excellent condition and available for immediate shipment.
There is a list of items I wish to sell, I have bought my last collection, I am retiring from any more buying... I have little usage so time for someone else to get good stuff at reasonable prices.
Contact me and I will mail you the entire list.
FEEDBACK - WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID
🛠 This additional tab houses 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. Almost anything can wind up in this section.
DISCLAIMERS AND SAFE BROWSING
This website and my online free book “The Guide To Weddings and Making Money” 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 with something the NRA would be proud of.
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
>>>>>> SOME OF MY OTHER <<<<<<
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
“Country Served - Mission Completed”
DIAL INDICATOR REPAIR
"Make your Indicator like New"
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