Art Walk Preview:
Dec2013 10

The month of December is synonymous with glad tidings, festival lights and holiday mayhem.  Come celebrate the season at Urban Light Studios on Friday December 13th as we pay an artistic tribute to the history of National Lampoon, featuring the work of over 40 of Seattle's finest artists and performers.  We will be screening Christmas Vacation throughout the evening and serving up some tasty refreshments!


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Art Walk Preview:
Sep2013 9

Cyrus Kanga, an avid traveler, is based out of Redmond, WA.  His photographic works fall between the aesthetic and documentary.  In Cyrus's own words, "If these photographs have a purpose, it is this: they humanize.  I photograph to create a connection...to capture a pose, a thought, a glimpse, a moment.  Whatever the situation, these images stir up unexpected feelings in me.  Transcending time, my mind takes me back to the moments when a smile is pure inspiration, when eyes respond to a friendly gesture, when laughter of children brings down boundaries, when a brilliant scene is heavenly communion.  These are moments caught in stillness to stir movement within one's inner depth."  You can view Cyrus's work in person this Friday September 13th, click here to link to the facebook invite. www.cyruskanga.com

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Sparklers! Camera! Action!
Jun2013 20

Sparklers aren't just fun on 4th of July, there are plenty of occasions where these little sticks of light can come in quite handy and add that perfect, illuminated touch.  Take a wedding for example, a great excuse to bust out some sparklers to create some AMAZE-BALLS photos!  A photographer is basically someone that is obsessed with light, so if you are getting married soon and you really want to try out some creative lighting techniques in photos, your photographer will most likely be more than happy to oblige you on this request (and maybe even burst with joy...in their head).  We tried out a sparkler photo last weekend that we have been itching to try and lucky for us, our awesome couple Lauren and Derek, were more than happy to be our models :)  Check out this incredible shot we captured!:



Want to know how to do this?  Of course you do.  Things you will need:
Camera
Tripod
Speedlite and/or a video light
Sparklers
A bride and a groom
An assistant or willing participant
A can-do attitude

The photo above was shot at ISO 125, F/14 and a 15 second exposure.  This was achieved by placing the camera on a tripod to minimize blurring and we shined a video light (off camera) onto Lauren and Derek so the camera was able to focus on the subject.  The video light also served somewhat as a substitute for a flash and "froze" our subject.  We were relying mainly on ambient light and the light produced by the sparklers to illuminate the photo.  Have your assistant run around the couple several times with sparklers in both hands and then wave their hands up and down to create the swirled effect around them.  Another way this could be captured is with a speedlite on or off camera.  The speedlite will fire at the beginning of the exposure "freezing" your subject so that they will be sharp and in focus.  A smaller aperture, like the one we used, will produce thinner more precise sparkler lines where as a bigger aperture will produce a thicker more "blown-out" sparkler effect.  This is all just a matter of preference and the overall look you are going for.

Below are two photos of the classic sparkler send-off shot of the bride and groom.  These photos are shot using two different methods; the one on top is shot using only available light and the one on the bottom is shot using a balance between available light and speedlite.  This is achieved by using the speedlite to freeze your subject and then shooting at a slightly longer exposure (approx 20 sec).





And if your couple is extra cool and they bring light sabers to their wedding, you can get some super fun dancing photos like this (*note* light sabers are not required to create this shot):



This is achieved by using a technique called "dragging the shutter".  You need a zoom lens and a speedlite to create this shot.  The speedlite again is serving the purpose of freezing your subject.  This was shot at ISO 400, F/3.5 and a 5 second exposure with an 18-200 lens.  Start with the lens fully zoomed out and as soon as you push the shutter button, zoom the lens in all the way very quickly.  This will give you the "dragged" or "pulled" light effect.  Fun huh?!  Now go out and give it a try and have a blast!

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Art Walk Preview:
Jun2013 10

"This was a valued rug"  "Am I wrong?"  "You mean Johnson?"  "Ah...that must be exhausting"  "Mind if I do a J?"  "My dirty undies dude....the whites"  "You're killing your father Larry"  "Obviously you're not a golfer"....I could keep going here, but I think you know what I am getting at....It's a Lebowski art walk man!  If you haven't seen this movie (which is criminal, it that is the case), you will still have a seriously good time.  Over 30 artists have come together to represent one of the funniest movies ever made.  Appropriate refreshments will be provided and you may even find a bowling alley.  So, don't be un-dude and abide and come to this art walk because if you don't, you are entering a world of pain.

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There's No Place Like a Studio to Call Home
May2013 22

Urban Light Studios has been described as "Candy Land for Photographers".  I happen to agree.  You can stroll along the paths, through the rooms and find endless backdrops, nooks and crannies to shoot with.  In addition to this incredibly vast and unique setting, all of our lighting and grip equipment is included in every rental.  For a limited time only (June, July & August 2013), we are offering a free trade up on our monthly affiliate program.  What does that mean you ask?  Well, it means that for the price of 10 monthly hours, you get 16 and for the price of 16 monthly hours, you get 24!  Read up about our monthly affiliate levels here.  For some inspiration on how various photographers have used this amazing space, check out our Shot at ULS gallery here.  Because let's be honest, who didn't at one point in their lives, want to call Candy Land home?







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Art Walk Preview:
May2013 7

Put on your comfy shoes art walkers cause it's the BIG one!  Every year in May we give you a double dose of art walkin, so if you don't get your fill during the Friday evening art walk, you can swing on by Saturday from noon to 5 to take it all in.  This May we bring you the collective work of Maynerd, Sly Cooley and Mat Savage...okay....those names are just awesome!  All together, they are typically outlandish and delightfully overwhelming.  We are also happy to be one of the stops that the Mobile Screen Video Art Tour will be making, brought to you by the Interstitial Theatre.  As if all of that wasn't enough; we are welcoming the Seattle School of Music into our artful home to dazzle us with some kid-fiddlers...that's right, groups of kids will be playing those fiddles to their hearts' content :)

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Huge news! Introducing AXIS PIONEER SQUARE
May2013 2

After MONTHS and MONTHS of work, we finally get to pull back the curtain for you on our new adventure, - this time in the heart of Pioneer Square. We are preserving the former Elliott Bay Book Co. and turning the 122-year-old, 6000-square-foot space into an axis point for history, art, culture, photography and events…  Introducing AXIS Pioneer Square.

















Check back for construction updates here and at axispioneersquare.com and be sure to join our email list and like us on Facebook for invitations to the grand opening in July!  


Sitting on 1st avenue between Main and Jackson, just imagine the ridiculous history…

 

EXCERPT: http://crosscut.com/2010/04/29/mossback/19772/How-fill-hole-in-Pioneer-Squares-heart/

 

Before it was built in 1891, the trees on it were cut and turned into lumber by Henry Yesler's Skid Road mill, the wood that built the new Seattle. Once cleared, it was the site of the city's first hospital, run by the legendary David "Doc" Maynard. It was also the place where our namesake Chief Seattle sat for his portrait. How much deeper can Seattle roots go?

 

Built as a commercial building after the great fire it has housed a saloon, a hotel (The Globe), a drug company, a gold mining company, a 1920s bootlegging operation (that once blew up) and a quilt factory. The terms "seamstress" used to be euphemism for Pioneer Square prostitute, but the quilting company really did employ people who sewed, and Jones says the upper floods are reinforced because of the heavy machines they used.

 

The architect, by the way, was a descendant of Daniel Boone. So the Globe (originally called the Marshall-Walker Building) is a survivor, as the Square's historic building have had to be, and an adaptable one.

 

Check back for construction updates and be sure to join our email list and like us on Facebook for invitations to the grand opening in July!



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Art Walk Preview:
Apr2013 9

Let's take a playful trip to Minneapolis and then fly through pathways of urban creations.  This is what FOUR shows in one art walk will enable you to do!  Ok, let's break them down:  "PLAY" is a show in honor of new Woodland Park Zoo exhibits designed for the child at heart, "Minneapolis" presented by Ryan Henry Ward, whom was inspired after a month long residency in the city and then decided to bring some of the strongest artists to Seattle, "Urban Avant Garde: Part II" curated by Andy Miller will be nothing less than sensory overload, so if you missed the show last month, here is your chance!, and "Sprouting Wings Round 2" by Vera Pashkevich is like a trip through a mystical and surreal world through Vera's eyes.

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Mar2013 26

Amor Immensus is latin for, "love beyond measure".  How can one even begin to measure love?  I know I know, it's a loaded question right?!  Well, I can suggest how not to try and measure it, by requiring a foundation that is strictly comprised of a man and a woman.  Throughout the course of history the human race has overcome many social injustices.  The hope is that the right to marry whomever you choose will become yet another celebratory historical moment.  Now...here is some love for you to love :)











...and of course.... :)

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Photo Shoot Spotlight:
Mar2013 18

In late February we had the crew of DList Magazine back at ULS for a photo shoot geared towards finding their next cover girl.  There was a bevy of beauties in every room, gettin their hair and make-up did and multiple sets going on all at the same time.  What could appear as quite the frenzy, was a very impressively organized photo shoot.  Our hats off to DList for making our space look so damn good!  Here are a couple behind the scenes photos as well as a behind the scenes video courtesy of DList Magazine and the issue featuring the images captured that day.






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