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About Dan Davenport

dwd9090I’m an award-winning business communications producer.  I have more than 30 years experience in photography, multi-image, multimedia, video, and print production, and I know how to get things done well and efficiently – and I am sharing this, “get things done efficiently,” attitude to find ways to make our money go further – especially important in these tough times.

After joining Minolta Corporation in 1971, I created the first Minolta School of Photography.  It grew into The Maxxum Experience series of photo education seminars, presented live throughout the US by a team of Minolta Technical Representatives.  The program expanded to video with individual video programs available for then current Maxxum models.  I also produced an extensive series of sales training videos on many of Minolta’s other key camera models.  All of this saved quite a bit of money – we got more visibility in the marketplace by producing using a mix of inside and outside resources.

This site has a companion site (with a companion blog), www.greatphototools.com.  Its a great place to read and learn about photography and some great tools to make it easier to get better photos.

I created Minolta’s audio-visual production group…

  • To more cost effectively support Minolta’s photographic educational efforts
  • And to provide exciting and motivational product introductions, national meetings, and product and photographic training

Art, photography, film processing, finishing, and programming were all in house, supported by a very small staff, augmented as needed by freelance talent.

Our slide, multi-image, and video programs earned more than 30 awards in national and international competition.

My efficient, hybrid internal/external production system created…

  • Powerful shows
  • Visually exciting videos
  • Persuasive print…
  • … that greatly enhanced Minolta’s image in the marketplace.

A hallmark of the production facility was environmentally friendly slide and graphic arts film processing (back when we did that sort of thing).  While producing over 125,000 slides annually, no photographic effluents were discharged into the environment, and all waste chemical constituents were returned to commerce instead of chemical dump sites – I do believe in recycling and the efficient use of our natural resources!

I also managed the staging of shows in many cities across the United States and Canada.  Internationally, shows in: Acapulco, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., Cologne and Munich, Germany, Vienna, Austria, Glasgow, Scotland, London, England, Monte Carlo, Osaka, Japan, and several Caribbean cruise ships.

I think in terms of “systems.”  Exciting programs can be developed using existing human and equipment resources by combining them in new and innovative ways.

I have been active in several professional associations:

Former fully accredited member, Regional Director, and Technical Standards Chair of the Audio Visual Management Association (now Communications Media Management Association)

Long time member of the Association for Multi-Image including hosting one of their annual meetings

New Jersey State Governor’s Review Commission to re-engineer media production in state government

He has articles published in various professional magazines and online

  • His award winning media production department was featured in Photo Methods Magazine
  • He has attended and been a contributor to many industry and management educational forums
  • He was a member of The Association for Multi-Image and host for one of its annual meetings

Prior to Minolta, Dan managed a camera shop in a northern Chicago suburb.  He has also serviced electrocardiograph machines and instructed technicians in their diagnostically accurate use.  And he served in the United States Navy where he specialized in the radar and computer systems that directed his ship’s gunnery.


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