Cyndi Long Shoots for Sally Beauty Supply+Richards Group

I LOVE what The Richards Group did with the Sally Beauty Supply ad that I shot last October. They created little stickers that you can peel off to try against your skin/clothes.  It also reveals the polish color name, making it easier to buy in the store.

This ad was part of a media blitz promoting Sally Beauty Supply’s new “Nail Studio.”clstudios-sally_beauty_ad-02_2015-v2

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A separate tie-in was the amazing Nail Art Wall at the Dallas Museum of Art, where they recreated Monet’s Water Lilies using thousands of bottles of nail polish. It was quite impressive in person.

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Sally Nail Wall Detail- Whoops, They Left One Label On!

To see more of Cyndi Long’s work, visit clstudios.com

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Colorblindness-Correcting Glasses From 2AI Labs

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self portrait by artist, Adam Fenton

2AI Labs focuses their research on “cognition and perception in humans and machines.” Out of this research, they created glasses that can help the colorblind artist to “see” colors otherwise unavailable before by enhancing the red/green spectrum.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/lovesick-cyborg/2015/01/14/artist-tests-color-blind-correction-glasses/ Continue reading

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Oktoberfest Art+Beer Pairing

It was my pleasure to help out my friend, Melissa Nelson Gonzales of the Dallas Museum of Art, with a cool little project earlier this month. In honor of Oktoberfest, she had the task of pairing German and German-style beers with German works of art from the museum.

What a treat this was! We were given a “tour” of German beers at Meddlesome Moth (with their beer director, Matt Quenette.) He gave us the history of the beers/breweries and pointed out different characteristics of each. Melissa then thought of different artists/works and how they could relate. It was a really neat experience.

When we were done, I lugged the empty bottles back to my studio so I could document them properly. Usually, when shooting product shots, the client will provide pristine “hero” samples- with perfect labels, etc. Obviously, this was a different scenario, so I had to make it work with empty banged-up bottles. I’m pretty happy with the results, though.

Take a moment to check it all out!

http://uncrated.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/id-like-a-kristall-weissbier-with-my-van-gogh-please/

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Craft Beer in Dallas, Tx

I’ve been a fan of craft beer for years now. Dallas FINALLY has some delicious local brews available for my drinking pleasure.

Here’s a few- there are many others I look forward to shooting soon…

Ahhhhhhhh. Time for a beer.

Community Beer Company's Mosaic IPA

Community Beer Company’s “Mosaic IPA”

 

Lakewood Brewing Company's Rock Ryder

Lakewood Brewing Company’s “Rock Ryder”

Lakewood Brewing Company's The Temptress

Lakewood Brewing Company’s “The Temptress”

 

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Cyndi Long for Ylang23 in T Magazine (NYTimes Fashion Mag)

 

Ylang23 always has some interesting and high-quality jewelry for me to shoot.

From the Sunday, August 24th issue of New York Times “T” Magazine:ylang23-TMagazine-2014_08_24

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Photo History- Harold Edgerton

Harold Edgerton isn’t a household name, but it should be. If you’ve ever used a flash with a camera (even the one in your phone,) you should take a moment to read this article and thank the man that helped illuminate that plate of food or party pic you just posted to Facebook.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140722-the-man-who-froze-the-world

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iPhone App Makes You Wait An Hour For Your Photos

I’m guessing that most photographers born after 1990 won’t understand why this app would even exist (and be especially confused by my nostalgic smile when I learned that it does.)

A very valuable tool I learned in college was the practice of “pre-visualization.” Basically, the idea was to learn to “see” in B&W, and also slow the process down, allowing yourself to make more purposeful compositions and lighting choices. You took good notes, so you could learn from mistakes after hand-processing your film. If you could afford it (rough as a student, but MUCH easier as a paid professional with a budget,) you could use Polaroid film to proof your work before processing. You would then cross your fingers that nothing would go wrong in the darkroom!

With the popularity of digital-see-what-you-got-immediately cameras, I’ve wondered how students could learn the old processes, or if they even NEED to learn them. (I suggest taping over the viewing screen to force students to learn to think before shooting.)

This new app from Nevercenter Labs will force you to wait one hour before seeing your pic. Not nearly as long as the good ol’ days, but it still takes me back to a magical time in my photography career.

http://nevercenterlabs.com/1hourphoto/

Here’s a great review- http://www.thephoblographer.com/2014/06/11/1-hour-photo-app-makes-wait-smartphone-images/#.U5khJijdJ4O

 

 

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