05:43 AMC (After My Coffee)                02-07-2019                 FROM BEAUTIFUL TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA



CHALLENGES FOR 2019

FRIENDS:  For more than six decades, I have had a hand close to a camera in the photo industry. I covered the bases from photojournalist, retail and wholesale business, lab owner, sports shooter, inventor, lots of commercial work and a victim of over 450 weddings,  I’m looking forward to the softer side of the business, like taking it easy... I wish,  but it’s not in my DNA. 

The entire industry as we knew it has died with the demise of the retail camera store. We went from selling product, teaching, training, seminars, comforting mess ups, fixing bad work in the lab, passing knowledge on as  a learned series of people skills and science to for many closed doors and for some bankruptcy.  

Fifteen years ago the average attendance at the PMAi trade only show was 35,000 people from all over the world, and took a week to go through it in Vegas.  Few independent stores survived big box, web and cellphones. Something like less than 750 independent stores are left in the entire country. The pic is from the last roundup...thirty-three trips there.

🌇 ELIMINATIONS:   I’m not retiring,  house cleaning,  just being practical at my age...  

•  Vegas Trade shows are gone, and the one small independent string distributor only show not worth attending.  
•  NO low end cell phone Weddings, the cheap 100-300 dollar end of the business is not a means of survival.
•  The better cellphones have cameras equal to the point and shoot which killed that market.  
•  People spend 1000 dollars for a phone they’ll dump in two years but won’ t buy a decent camera for a lifetime.
•  NO Election work,  several years back I covered  a VP candidate 
for a month on tour in Florida.  Never again.    
•  NO 
Major Sports coverage anymore as it is all contracted, as it is all Press pools, Getty, REUTERS, etc,
•  And what newspapers?  Printed media is a lost art and papers buy from the pools.
•  Few seminars as the Big Box stores, including Best Buy and others are doing all the retail selling.
•  Buying on the web is where the money went.  B&H and Adorama own the industry, a billion dollar one.
•  The last independent retail camera store dealers, are mainly selling Chinese disposable products.
•  Social media has changed how we record, communicate and transfer data. And how we get hacked. 

 

🎡  MENU OF SERVICES 


MAIL:   ALAN JACOBSON 

•  1200 COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE  •  APT 3503  •
•  LARGO,   FL  33771-2179  •

LANDLINE - 727-812-8101 OR EMAIL YOUR PHONE NUMBER TO ME 
eMail:   ajacobs2@tampabay.rr.com


SLIDE 2 DIGITAL AUTOMATED SLIDE SCANNING   📷

I’ll bet you have customers, friends, and relatives, with room closets, attics or basements serving as burial grounds for memories filled with lots of Ektachrome, Kodachrome, FujiChrome and AgfaChrome slides.   
Just so you know and you probably might not be aware of is they
are slowly fading, degaussing and gathering dust, just lying there in shoe boxes or Kodak Carousel Trays.   I bring those memories back to life and can handle any volume of slides with my own registered and designed professional equipment.  And I build custom machines for the trade and those wanting a new start up no competition business., you may contact me.


THE BLACK BOX  - LONG DISTANCE CUSTOM POWER PACKS  📷 

I have built for the past 45 years the Black Box, the HD power pack was made for extended time range, heavy shooters in the wedding, event, sports, forensic, and commercial fields and are still made by my hands, created soldered and built one at a time in the USA.   And as of this year we have been building packs for 45 plus years, both for four and six battery units.  Most makes, most models including legacy models readily adapted.  
AND WE ARE NOT BANNED ON THE AIRLINES LIKE LITHIUM


IMPOSSIBLE SLIDES - EURO OR HARD MOUNTS   📷 

PURPOSE:  We receive some really odd slides at times that require special handling since they are so thick and they cannot go through the S2D automatic digitizer or other means to get good results.   
Most are permanently mounted and removal might ruin the slide itself.  We have a solution and a new machine we built specifically for this work and like the Phoenix, it has rising from the ashes.


NIKON CABLE SHORTENING  - SC-17, SC28, SC29 AND OTHERS  📷 

I shorten Nikon Cables.  I have a work station just for it.   And you are probably wondering why Nikon ever made those cables for the SC-17, SC-28, SC-29 so damn long?  Because Nikon thought these cables could be used for off camera “ Statue of liberty” shooting, not as common a technique any more with brackets or wireless and integrated flash systems.  Unfortunately labeling and parts are not available, from anyone , anywhere, scavenging is ridiculous and half the parts I do find are no good.  It is total a scratch rebuild for me, if I can save it for you.  Call and we’ll discuss it. I am fair about things and will be very frank. Some just are too far gone.


 

DISCLAIMERS  -  SAFE BROWSING 
This website 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.  

We will however tell you we do not participate in social media due to constraints I have with my secure discreet clients through cryptography and the assurance my site will not be assimilated, hacked, or personal information shared with anyone.  

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 or more ICONS to represent certain circumstance.

Yellow Hat “DIGGER” Indicates under Construction

 The NO SMOKE NO BULLSH*T LOGO - You are about to get truth.

imgres_med.jpeg

The Skull - Thoughts and Things Deader than Casey’s Balls



MY OTHER PUBLIC WEB SITES 

THE ASSAULT ON AMERICA BY TRUMP
“Things not spoken about except at the water cooler
www.aljacobsladder.com


FOOD, FODDER and FOIE GRAS IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY
“How to get thrown out as a food critic, tell the truth"

www.aljacobskitchen.com




SAFE BROWSING BY GOOGLE  -  
Diagnostic Page For www.aljacobs.com
What is the current listing status for www.aljacobs.com?
This site is not currently listed as suspicious.


Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware?
Over the past 14,490 days, www.aljacobs.com did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites. 
Updated 4 hours ago

A2 HOSTING Inc.

Hello Alan,  As we discussed on the phone, I ran a heavy virus scan of your site to determine if there was any malicious content that was being flagged by Google. This scan has come up negative.  If you ever need any help from our end, please let us know. Google removed the error.
Regards,    
Daniel V. support@a2hosting.com