While digging through some scanned negative files, I came across this one, which I had forgotten about.

This image was made in the old, empty studio that used to be WarmStone Studio in the Picker Building, which was the studio directly next door to my old photography studio.  I spent a few hours one afternoon seeing if the chairs would stack.

Shot on medium format film with my Hasselblad 500CM

Instagram! (or: the best camera is the one you have on you)

Best engineered album, by year

Having recently acquired my very first honest-to-goodness real "smartphone", I immediately installed Instagram on it to play around with, and it very quickly became my de facto camera phone posting method online.

Previously I've used all kinds of alternate image posting sites like Imageshack, Twitpic and Mobypicture for my day-to-day captures and Twitter related postings, but I gave into the Instagram craze and it's pretty much the only thing I use now when I'm taking camera phone pictures.  And I love it.  I love being able to use my camera phone to take my average day-to-day snapshots and not have to lug heavy camera bags around when I don't feel like it. It's addicting!!

Here are some shots I've taken and uploaded to Instagram.  You can check out my Instagram page here, or find me on the Instagram app under "sidceaser"

The most important thing is to just keep taking pictures.  Even if you don't have a super-duper-mega-awesome-camera with you, just make images.  Use them as compositional tools and to keep your brain active and creative.



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instant film: having fun with counting

Back when I was shooting film, my LCD screen was a Polaroid that I'd pop after setting up lights or getting a composition set up.  I'd set things up, take a Polaroid, wait the 20 seconds for it to develop, then check my lighting, then adjust to taste.  When people ask "But how did you do things before having an LCD screen to look at?" well, we did it with Polaroids. Anyway, I've been shooting with the Hasselblad and it's Polaroid back lately, trying to work it into my regular shooting, and I'm having so much fun pulling Polaroids and then scanning them into the computer to add to my sessions.

Instant Film

I love the process of Polaroids - taking a shot, counting out the seconds it takes to develop, then magically pulling the paper back and revealing a black & white image, almost instantly!  Instant film is magical in a way that digital can't recreate, and I'm so happy that I've been restocking the studio fridge with Instant film again.

(above: a recent order of Fujifilm packs arrive at the studio.)

Here are some images I've been taking as I've been working with Musician and Band clients:

Myles Moriarty

(above: Myles Moriarty)

Triple Shot Factory Funk

(above: A still life shot used as an album-cover mockup)


(above: Triple Shot Factory Funk)

Matt Jackson [recording studio] Polaroid

(above: Matt Jackson recording vocals at The Space, Lowell MA)

Mike Loce

(above: Mike Loce)

I love shooting loose with Polaroids.  I love the slightly sloppy feel I can get by slightly overexposing.  I love that it looks like film because it IS film.  I love ripping the Polaroid out of the back and hearing the *ziiiiiiiiip* it makes.  I love counting down the seconds until it's ready.  I've missed shooting them.  It was like a cool breeze blowing when I started ripping them again, like an old friend.

I'm sorry that I left my film gear in the cabinets for so long.  It's nice to be able to take them out and have discussions again.