GREETINGS             05:12 AMC (After My Coffee)                09-21-2018                 FROM TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA




GREETINGS / 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.   

I’m done, I’ll admit I’m older, ran past 75, and too slow anymore to challenge the 100-200 dollar Wedding Shooters, our papers buy the pictures from Getty and others and you ask what papers? The demise of the free press under the scumbags like Mr. Murdock and Donald Trump killed our industry and I might add the truth.

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 anymore, I don’t walk out of the house for that and the stress.  I enjoy my writing projects sipping on a Basil Lime Mojito.  Cool and collected.

I HAVE DECIDED TO 
LIMIT MY OPERATION TO:

POINT:  Custom built battery packs and upgrades supporting my many customers till they put me in the ground.
POINT:   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.
POINT: My shooting will be strictly for the two books I’m working on and selected articles and a movie.

  

MY REASONS ARE LOGICAL AND SIMPLE

WE ARE IN AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT WORLD
The good old professional high end wedding market has shrunk.  It’s the economy stupid, 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 tinkled on, not a trickle.   

Weddings are on smaller budgets.  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.

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.  Now with tariffs and trade wars pending have you looked at how much less you are getting for you dollar when you do go to the store?

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, ducked a few bullets and fund raiser.  I set my parameters. It’s called relax...


MARKET OPINION - THE INDUSTRY
TRADE SHOWS - TRADE GROUPS

I hated to see them go. I liked Vegas, and trade shows.  Not public expos these were for the trade only. The market has shrunk not only from attendees but from vendors.  Smaller companies get bought out every day.  And can’t compete.  Larger companies are all Chinese merchandise based or some US holdouts will eventually price themselves from the market as soon as the Chinese clone them.

Years ago the PMAi membership, the PHOTO MARKETING ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIP at one point had over 40,000 attendees who owned camera shops and labs  are virtually gone.  Not to be found, extinct, dodo birds.  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.  Photo part of the show is one room in a separate hotel. The last remaining real show PHOTO-KINO the largest  photo show in the world held in Germany, is a 4200-4500 dollar trip for two seats and lots of beer.
The Kelby group shows, I’m done, 
 I spend too much time on my computers, writing seven blogs, and we all need time to rest our eyes. 

The TRADE GROUPS, basically are wholesalers with a gimmick.  PRO, is 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 and that number has been going down.   The same products that are 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.

Another survivor trade group, INDEPENDENT PHOTO IMAGERS, now called IPI is really in the  Business Growth Development.  IPI is a member, trade association and a cooperative buying group in the photo print industry. Our members are independent business owners,  dwindling as we speak, local experts that want to save money on supplies, share ideas with other professionals, continually enhance their business education and better market their brands.  Just another cost if you are a struggling lab.


HOW TO REACH ME
I DO ANSWER PHONE CALLS

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

LANDLINE - 727-812-8101 OR SEND PHONE NUMBER TO ME IN 
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   SEE THE SALE  


THE BLACK BOX  - LONG DISTANCE CUSTOM POWER PACKS  📷 

I 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


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.  It is PDF format and downloads very quickly.



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.  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.

 

 

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.  

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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