GREETINGS             05:12 AMC (After My Coffee)                08-11-2018                 FROM TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA




GREETINGS AND CHANGES / CHALLENGES FOR  2018

After more than 50 years involved in the photo industry, in every aspect from photojournalist,  to lab owner and the  retail/wholesale end of the business, I’m looking forward to the softer side of the business, like taking it easy and retiring from heavy shooting.   


GLOBAL WARMING, and TRUMP ECONOMICS
I’m done, I’ll admit I’m older, and too slow anymore to challenge the 100-200 dollar Wedding Shooters.   450 weddings plus coaching other shooters at weddings is enough for any mortal, I just don’t click in 93 degree heat and 80% humidity, I don’t walk out of the house for that anymore.   

The good old professional high end wedding market has shrunk.  It’s the economy, the 2% who are cashing in on the market are shareholders and getting all the money. The shareholders get the new profits which did not trickle down.  The plebeians got pee’d on, more like tinkle down, not a trickle.  The 2% and shareholders are keeping it,  once again the 98% got screwed good by the “ Lying Ryan” plan.   I’m a journalist,  also which relates to my interest in all things and politics is one of them.

The big box stores, loss of independent camera store dealers and Chinese takeover of all things photographic.  And a culture of disposability over quality combined with upgraded cell phone and the growth of social media, other web sites, social media has changed our outlook in how we communicate.  Not surprisingly, with a  divorce rate of 60% the parameters and scope of those getting married really doesn’t fit with some of the things that built the industry in the past.

Thus I made myself a promise I will curtail covering any more wars, weddings, boring events, riots, insurrections, and lusty women.  I paid my dues as a shooter, with both weapons and cameras, reporter, lab owner, business manager, teacher, mentor to middle school science kids, pilot of 32 years and fund raiser.  I set my parameters.


I HAVE DECIDED TO LIMIT MY OPERATION TO:

•  Custom built battery packs and upgrades supporting my many customers till they put me in the ground.

•  Building incredible high speed slide machines that convert millions of Kodak, Agfa, Fuji and a few weirdo slides into digital imaging suitable on and in any display device.  Offering them for sale and start up businesses.

•  My shooting will be strictly for the two books I’m working on.   


OPINION - NO MORE - TRADE SHOWS - STATE OF THE INDUSTRY

•  No more trade shows as there aren’t anymore trade shows for the trade thats affordable.  The market has shrunk not only from attendees but from vendors.  Smaller companies get bought out every day. And can’t compete.

•  The PMAi membership, the PHOTO MARKETING ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIP at one time about 40,000 attendees who owned camera shops and labs  are virtually gone, not to be found, extinct, dodo birds.  It used to take a week to see the show.   Only the two or three major shows are still in the industry.  But...the biggie not relevant.

•   CES, which is really electronics, TV, more drones and cell-phones gimmicks and the largest collection of cell phone covers enough to build a bridge across the Atlantic.  150,000 attended and the photo displays barely filled one small room in an adjoining hotel and we covered it in twenty- five minutes.

•   PHOTO-KINO the largest  photo show in the world held in Germany, 3500-4000 dollar trip, usually held during Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival and an important part of Bavarian culture, the event, large quantities of Oktoberfest Beer are consumed: during the 16-day festival in 2013, for example, 7.7 million liters. (Over 2 million gallons)  

•  The two major consumer (public) shows, one is California and one at the Javits center in NY are  have become commercial productions, I can’t afford a booth like Nikon and Canon can, and too expensive to travel and stay at the show, airplane tickets, food, ground transportation, lodging, shipping displays, and so forth. For a vendor it’s a 3000 - 3500 dollar plus weekend, plus two day for travel thats ten days on a great cruise.

•   KELBY which had a fabulous magazine, I read since the beginning, ditched it, went total commercial and now has become computer only.   I spend too much time on my computers, writing seven blogs, and we all need time to rest our eyes.

•  NEW GURUS - Everybody on line on webs and mailing lists who claim “you learn a world of knowledge  which have become commercial productions” either in pod cast format or attending a day school.  Kelby copycats and not even close.  

•  Many are doing walking seminars And too expensive to participate in. And the old method of working for a pro and learning a system you develop into your “style” makes for a better photographer. 

•  Trade Groups - Surviving so far is PRO, a company who repackages, and re-prices Chinese Junks and calls them Yachts, with same old, same old merchandise in great re-packaging to look good.  Only sold at independent dealers.  The same crap is packaged for B&H and Adorama.  By differing brand names and packaging you avoid price shopping.  PRO is only sold in Independent photo dealers and labs which are dying off.

•  The IPI, another trade group, is really Business Growth Development.  It specializes in labs and stores with labs, they are the gurus of financial planning for the  diminishing independent print makers.  Lots of personalized things for sale, frames, mats, imprinting on coffee cups to, and just about anything else related to final product sales.  Each year the crowd has become smaller and smaller.   The last year I attended it looked down about 25% attendees in one year. 

•  Many dealers could not afford the show. It’s another 2000-3000 dollar four days of nothing new.  Most of the surviving Independent dealers for IPI and are like Polar Bears watching the ICE diminish with warming and the food source (The customer list is getting smaller and smaller)   


HOW TO REACH ME: 

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

LANDLINE PHONE NUMBER FOR QUESTIONS  -  727-812-8101
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eMail:   ajacobs2@tampabay.rr.com



SALE  OF CANON, SONY and ODDBALLS   📷

I will be selling whole lots of my demo equipment I used for trade shows.  Hardly used, brand new condition, 100% working and superbly kept clean.
Strobes, cameras, fixtures, and studio gear as I’m not doing any more trade shows, as they have ceased to exist as well as the cameras stores who sold my packs.   SEE THE SALE  



BLACK BOX NEWS  - MORE FLASH MODELS ADDED - THE METZ 45  📷

Upgrade the 45 CT and CL program  -  look at what we have added - 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,  Metz was in love with their power packs,  and the internal 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 with ten times the power and no additional weight to the strobe.



THE BLACK BOX  - LONG DISTANCE CUSTOM POWER PACKS  📷  

I build 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



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.   I bring them 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.



IMPOSSIBLE SLIDES - GODZILLA SIZE SLIDE SERVICE - EURO OR HARD MOUNTS   📷

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.


THE WEDDING BOOK  - MY GUIDE HAS ALWAYS BEEN FREE  📷

This is the latest and last version of the Wedding Guide and more important a Survival Training Course for beginners new to the business.   It is over 170  Pages long and represents a lot of ideas for the new photographer. So much of my stuff has been copied, this will be the last version.  


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.  So we are stuck with long cables.  

 

 

DISCLAIMERS  -  SAFE BROWSING 

This website and my online free book  “The Guide To Weddings and Making Money”someone from the wedding shooting you with something the NRA would be proud of.  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

We will however tell you we do not participate in social media due to constraints I have with my secure discreet clients 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.

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



MY OTHER PUBLIC WEB SITES 

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



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