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GREETINGS AND CHANGES / CHALLENGES  2018


A NEW YEAR, NEW RODEOS, I’VE BEEN TO A FEW

After 50 years in the photo industry, photojournalist, lab owner, and the retail end of the business, I’m looking forward to the softer side of the business, like taking it easy.  I still have the main thing you can have to offer and can take with you is experience and what you have learned.

Take advantage, I will be selling my demo equipment for trade shows. Strobes, cameras, fixtures, and studio gear as I’m not doing any more trade shows simply because there are no more camera shows or trade shows to attend.   And at many of these events the hours are tough, the vendor fees are tougher 
and no guarantees.  Cheaper to stay home and deal with my established base.

I share that below.  In half a century plus,  I have seen a lot, learned a lot, the good the bad and the ugly, Im not shy, I write and talk about it.  In my other world as a photo /journalist, researcher / investigator,  I had a sense of  fairness, objectiveness, clarity, honesty and can smell when the truth is being pushed.  Gotta love it, what do you say about a fake news?  

When we were kids I remembered the phrase “ He who smelt it, dealt it”.  Fake news is real news about a fake, he and she were the fakes in the fake news.  Up close, You learn a lot on the political trail with them, and nothing was good.   One of my other websites  is a capitulation of stories and news that affects all of us of fraud, lies, crooks and fakes.   I did extensive backgrounds on Palin and Trump.   It is at www.aljacobsladder.com  and goes into this in depth.  It’s not pretty, they are not who they say they are.  



THERE ARE TREMENDOUS BARGAINS OUT IN THE MARKET IN GOOD USED GEAR
Thats if you are smart, and know whats available.  And some I can upgrade, and support all of the majors Canon, Nikon, and Sony.  I can modify many legacy models with new power and so many pros use them in A mode or manual, it pays. Those strobes were better made, make great primary or backup lighting.

I carried Nikon professionally for 45 years and owned just about every model made on the pro level.  I sold off my Nikon inventory because much of it was long expensive glass, I left the chase politics business and the store was sold.  Unfortunately that retirement lasted all of three months.   And created part of what I now teach, the Command and Control for Wedding Shooters and the CLASP system for beginners to photography.


THIS WEBSITE IS WHAT I DO  PACKS, CABLES, SLIDES  

•  I will still be building my battery packs, and upgrades, in Sealed Lead Acid and NiMH.

•   I will make or modify modules for four and six battery models.  Cobras and Potato Mashers

•  I will continue to upgrade Metz 45’s with new powerful packs and higher light output replacing the Vivitars

•  I will still be manufacturing my proprietary scanners for slide to digital on custom orders only. 

•  My scanning operation with volume production is up and running January 1, 2018

•  All seven of my blogs and websites will stay active (Two specialty sites will terminate in 2018 as the projects are finished)

•  My other car will be traded for a cruise ship.  We had a great trip on  (PRINCESS CRUISE) last year. I intend to do more.

•  NEW HOURS! I will be available on the phone from 8 to 12 (Noon) daily only

•  Having fun from noon on doing what I want to do, mentoring two new wedding shooters bringing new talent into  the game, and working with Al’s Kids in the 7-9 grades on various science related projects.


PROJECT - THE METZ 45-76 UPGRADE PROGRAM

The best Wedding/Event strobe units over the years were the Pro Metz 45 CT and CL handle mounts.  But they were expensive to power and worse,  the power was insufficient for todays throw it against the wall and hope it sticks shooters.  The 45 was smaller and is really a good fit with todays full size DSLR and it’s a blast if you need real light coverage with a  smaller SONY, and other digitals.   

I found ways to circumvent the power problems. I am upgrading the 45’s. every day for customers.  The Metz hammerheads are still very viable today and a lot more bang for the buck than anything out there.

In three distinct areas of shooting, and it is wonderful that some of you guys dumped them on the market, so I can get them fairly cheap for rebuilding,  and keep prices down, then turn them over to the program.  CLICK


THE BLACK BOX LONG DISTANCE POWER PACKS

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 this year we have been building packs for 45 plus years.


SPECIAL OFFER - BLACK BOX  - Get a FREE YONG-NUO 460-II and cabled for the BLACK BOX with a purchase of a Black Box at the regular price. I have four three units left and they are pre-cabled and ready to go.  You save about a 100.00 dollars. Total cost including shipping is 200.00 dollars US, CONUS.    Thats Flash, cable and Black Box good till all left are sold.

Only Two left! And rates at are at lowest for export.


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 Ektachrome, Kodachrome, FujiChrome and AgfaChrome slides.   Just so you know and you probably don’t is that they are slowly fading, degaussing and gathering dust, just lying there in shoe boxes or Kodak Carousel Trays.  It is a vast and untapped market of memories that you could or should offer solutions to these problems for your friends . (And into earning some spare money for your self)    

Save up to 35% on slide scanning during our Grand opening January  2018 - professional scanning.


IMPOSSIBLE SLIDES

GODZILLA SIZE SLIDE SERVICE 
PURPOSE:  We receive some really odd slides at times 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.  We have a solution and a new machine we built specifically for this work and like the Phoenix, it has rising from the ashes.
This is also called the “Phoenix, it rose from the ashes" and is under Digitizing slides.


THE WEDDING BOOK

MY BOOK HAS ALWAYS BEEN FREE
This is the latest version of the Wedding Guide and more important a Survival Training Course for beginners new to the business.  Simply click on the Bride.  It is over 100  Pages long and represents a lot of ideas for the new photographer. From time to time more information will be added in chronological updates.
This is version three and is in the Encyclopedia. By not making it a PDF, it can be updated faster and more current for me.


DO-IT YOURSELF

SAVE LOTS OF MONEY
This entire section is devoted to you, the DIY guy.  The Do it-yourself guy with the Sears Harley Davidson Tool Credit Card!  A man who would rather be tearing down a wall with a hammer than attending needlepoint classes, and wears his band-aids Sergeant style with pride.   OMG... Sears is down the toilet.  Craftsman tools have been purchased by Stanley.  Sears is selling off, closing all stores in Canada, most stores in the US to stay in business.  Craftsman will be sold in ACE Hardware Stores. 
This is updated and is in the Encyclopedia.


NIKON CABLE SHORTENING

SC-17, SC28, SC29

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.  So we are stuck with long cables.   New techniques can fix most issues.

  

DISCLAIMERS

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 or more ICONS to represent certain circumstance.

 
"DIGGER" INDICATES UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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

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Skull - Thoughts Deader than Casey’s Balls


Heart Attack - Do Not Repair, its Dead 


Toilet Stance - Your idea makes me Ill




>>>>>>   MY OTHER WEB SITES   <<<<<<
These below are for general public consumption, my others require permissions
 as they are for a specific company or industry.  Two other sites in 2018 are
completed achieved their goals and in the process of total removal, expired
 and will be no longer supported.


POLITICS, SEX, and RELIGION EXPOSED
“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


DIAL INDICATOR REPAIR
“Make your Indicator like New”
http://www.indicatorrepairsite.com


TOM BAILEY’S PERSONAL PHOTO SERVICE
“Full Service LAB WORK, Custom Printing and Slide Conversion”
https://www.tampabayphotoservices.com


   


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