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Photo Shop Splits from Main Street [Empty in Smithtown]

Split Image has seen its last days at 6 East Main Street, a location it occupied for five years.

Camera shops are a rare species on Long Island, and they are one step closer to becoming extinct with the closing of Split Image Photography on Main Street.

“Photography just grew so much that everyone has cameras and the only people buying cameras are those that never had a camera in the first place,” said Doug Crown, owner of Split Image. “That’s not enough to sustain the whole market.”

Split Image has been open since 1984 on Main Street, first occupying the now home to Tropical Smoothie Café until 2008, then from 2008 until October in its 6 East Main Street location, next to Uncle Louie G’s Italian Ices. 

Crown said he knew camera shops were on their way out when he saw a change in business roughly eight years ago with the release of Nikon’s D200 and D300 cameras.

“The quality of the pictures got so good that people didn’t have to upgrade anymore,” he said. “A lot of people who bought cameras back then are using the same cameras.” 

While the storefront has closed, Crown still operates Split Image but now from home, keeping in touch with his clients through his website, splitimage.com. The scope of the business has changed as well as he no longer sells equipment but specializes in photo restoration and video transfers.

Though Crown said he has not been in the location since October, Realty Connect USA agent Sahra Mansouri Afati said the storefront has only been vacant for two weeks. Afati was putting signs in the windows Tuesday afternoon and said no potential tenants have come forth yet. 

The store is roughly 1,800 square feet and Afati said the landlord is looking to bring in $2,700 in monthly rent with the next tenant.

Shutterbug December 06, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Of course it had nothing to do with Doug having the personality of a flea, or his poor business sense.
Jill Pasqualone December 06, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I am usually sympathetic to the locals in our area being put out of business or going out of business BUT in this case I have to AGREE with you 100 %....In my life I have never met a more misreable shop owner. The man was just plain rude ( not that, that should make it right that he is out of business) just had to agree with you!
Nick B December 06, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I can see both sides of the coin on this....There's a reason Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. Digital killed film and everyone became a photographer by buying a camera. Still, Split Image sold a lot of other things digital photographers would use such as camera bags, reflectors, tripods, tripod heads, lenses and so forth. I shopped there frequently back when there were 4 or 5 people working there. However I'm sure business declined as digital took hold. Split Image didn't pivot into another line of business when they could have made themselves into a photography & editing educational facility and as Doug is doing now into a service oriented facility for photo and video editing and transfers. The retail portion could have been an ancillary revenue stream. Sad to see Split Image close down.
ScrappingMom December 06, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Sad to see it go....I was always in there buying photo paper :(
Cathy December 09, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Maybe another "We buy gold" or possibly a check cashing store.

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