HOME BASE              07:17 AMC (After My Coffee)                02-10-2018                 FROM TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA



GREETINGS AND CHANGES / CHALLENGES FOR  2018

After 50 years in the photo industry, as a photojournalist, writer, experimenter, builder, lab owner, teacher and in 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 still take it with you and that is experience and what you have learned.

And you will find, herein you can 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, only teaching wedding and commercial work, simply because there are no more camera shows, seminars or trade shows to attend.  The Photo industry was absorbed into the CES, we went two years and then photo literally vanished. 


THIS WEBSITE IS WHAT I DO  -   PACKS, CABLES, SLIDES  

•  I will still be building my custom built battery packs, and upgrades, in Sealed Lead Acid and NiMH. This includes making or modifying battery modules for four and six battery models.  Thats the Cobras and Potato Mashers, especially the upgrades to the  Metz 45’s with new powerful packs and higher light output replacing the Vivitars as a weapon of choice.

•  I will still be manufacturing my proprietary scanners for slide to digital on custom orders only as my scanning operation with volume production is up and running January 1, 2018.  

•  All seven of my blogs and websites will stay active, in 2018 reduced to five as two specialty sites will terminate in 2018 as the projects are finished,  and most important, my other car will be traded in for a cruise ship trip.  We had a great trip on  (PRINCESS CRUISE) last year. I intend to do more. Alaska and Europe. 

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


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 I think 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 CUSTOM 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 as of this year we have been building packs for 45 plus years. Most still running and not too many went broke using them as they did with all that pseudo technical silicon valley high end stuff.


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)    


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.


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. 

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. 

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 

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,  and Custom Printing”
https://www.tampabayphotoservices.com


   


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