The Secret of Perfect Photos

        This Museum is possible because of one computer driven photo-taking machine I call  an eBox© that made it easy to take, label, size and file thousands of perfect photos of small items (like cigar boxes).

        More than 95% of the the photos seen in this Museum were taken in the eBox.  The process is so easy that no photo or computer experience is needed to get perfect results.

        I’ve made perfect tif, jpg, and web-ready photos with the push of a couple buttons...copies of photographs, ads, illustrations, tickets, stamps, maps, catalogs and other paper ephemera. Even better, it took all the great photos of  my boxes, lighters, cutters, tools, ashtrays, premiums and other three dimensional items, things even the best scanner can’t handle.



Designed for

    [1] making catalogs

    [2] ebay® sellers

But also used by

    [3] archivists

    [4] auctioneers

    [5] libraries

    [6] demonstrators

    [7] salesmen

    [8] The Smithsonian

    [9]  teachers

        One design professor displays student’s assignments, so her classes can evaluate others’ work. Takes the picture in the front of the room and displays it on monitors for the class .. and makes notes directly on eBox image of their work.


        I’ve got 40 years of photographic experience, including teaching it at the college level, and have dreamed of owning something like this.

        I bought one of the first systems imported into the country a few years ago, and have taken 23,000+ photos. I truly love working with this system.  I’m confident pictures will be great every time, I get twice as much work done in a day, and it saves my aching back.


        The system includes box, lighting, computer program and some accessories to get you started. Camera is an option. Take it.

        An eBox costs between $1,000 and $3,000 depending on camera and other options you choose. It works with PC only. I solved that problem by spending $1,000 on an HP PC with 160Gb external as a dedicated photo machine and archive storage. To avoid contamination, it is not hooked to the net. I connect the PC to my Mac system via Ethernet and can quickly send photos anywhere.

        Worth every penny.


        It’s as easy as [1] place your item in the box (above), [2] push one button to preview, [3] drag-frame the area you want in the photo,

[4] push another button and you’re done. Quick and accurate.


        If you’d like more information, you can get it with a phone call directly to the importer’s exclusive U.S. representative, Sam Shearer in Southern California at (949) 337-3028.

        Mention you saw it in Hyman’s Cigar Museum. I’ve been an unpaid beta tester with Sam for as long as these have been around. Until The Smithsonian so enthusiastically adopted it, I was the US biggest user.

Available nationwide. For information or to order:

call Sam Shearer at (949) 337-3028.


anywhere in the continental U.S. (a $100 value)

if you tell Sam Tony Hyman sent you.

    Setting up 3D objects for shooting can sometimes take a bit of creativity. I keep a few small heavy objects around just for that purpose.

    Experience teaches which weights will do with a little practice a posing like this takes about 30 seconds


The results are worth it.  Clean.  Clear. Sharp. Perfectly lit.

And oh so easy.


Actual eBox photo of the box set-up above. Total time to take a perfect picture: about one minute.




    Hand made art glass pendant about the size of a ping pong ball. The artist complained he had tried many many times and set ups, but couldn’t get a good picture of his work. 

    I shot his jewel with clear back ground then with white then this one with his art laying on black cardboard. Total time, less than 5 minutes.        

    Artist was thrilled, ordered eBox to take photos for web and print catalogs.







SAMPLE: Lettering can be added at any time before saving.

Other colors, fonts and type sizes can be selected.


        This is an investment that really does save time and money.

      A few years ago I processed ninety rolls of 35mm slides through Kodak and ordered them put on CD as well, at a cost of around $80 a roll. In contrast, the eBox© and dedicated PC cost me around $3500 but I’ve taken photos that would have cost more than $20,000 to have Kodak process.

     Unlike the month to six weeks to get CDs back from Kodak, I can use all photos, make any adjustments I want and have them on the web in seconds.


      I’ve taken 22,0000 perfect photos using this system. At one time I had taken more photos than any other user, but Sam told me the Smithsonian Institution has plunked interns in front of a box working full time...and has taken 100,000 photos for their archives.

     If you or your institution needs to take archival photos of documents, maps, photos or small 3-D items like jewelry or cigar boxes... or you’re selling regularly on ebay...

     You won’t find a more useful tool.

    You’ll buy the Ebox because YOU love it, not because I do. I’m just telling you about a machine that could literally change your life or the way you do business.

     I’ve been selling things since I was a Cub Scout. I made my living selling for more than 20 years in every media, including 35 appearances on QVC, infomercials, and 2,000+ appearances on radio and television 1980-2004; in all that time I’ve never sold anything I wasn’t enthusiastic about. I’ve always appreciated tools that did their job exceptionally well. This is one of them. And you can see the proof on nearly every exhibit in the Museum.


Available nationwide.   For information or to order:

Call Sam Shearer at (949) 337-3028 in Southern Calif.


anywhere in the continental U.S. (a $100 value)

         if you tell Sam Tony Hyman sent you.

Oh yes, eBox has been now renamed Photosimile ... as in facsimile...

As a publicist and designer I have a decided lack of enthusiasm for the new name. No punch and mispronounced “photo-smile” by lots of folks. But that’s OK, it makes me smile because I love what it does.

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Updated November 28, 2012

   My career involved experience with libraries, museums, historical societies, college teaching, high school, movies, television, stage and historical reconstructions, the USFS, the US Navy and the Peace Corps. I understand problems of budget, conservation, space, volunteers, interns, storage, archiving, as well as buying, selling, trading, exhibiting and publishing books and web sites. I’ve dealt with them all and can think of countless ways the eBox would be useful. You’ll think of more.