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Do you have a hardware fetish?

The world of lighting control would seem to be very much about software right now.  Fans of different console platforms will argue over functionality and workflow as much as they’ll state that their favourite shiny console has the best screen tilt mechanism or power-up button.  That attention to hardware is still there, bubbling away.  On […]


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Essential Busking Pages 1 – Playbacks Only

On Stage Lighting takes on experiments in minimalism to explore process of creating the Simplest Busk Page Ever (TM).  A thought exercise as much as a design one, the application of restrictive rules is used to give every single lighting element maximum consideration. The article will be updated during the development process. (more…)


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Pixel Mapping Stage Lighting Guide

Pixel Mapping Stage Lighting Guide

Media Servers and Digital Lighting was a quick introduction to “convergence” and the technologies involved in using digital media for stage lighting. Current lighting trends include the use of arrays of fixtures such as RGB LED units to replay images and effects, using Pixel Mapping. This article looks at the basics of pixel mapping and […]


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AutoCAD To VectorWorks To AutoCAD - A Guide

AutoCAD To VectorWorks To AutoCAD – A Guide

While tools in lighting planning continue to develop, there are still key professional CAD tools in professional stage lighting.  On Stage Lighting seeks to help Vectorworks users to transfer their learning to AutoCAD.  Meanwhile, AutoCAD users can quickly pick up skills in Vectorworks using their own prior knowledge. (more…)


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Stage Lighting Focus Guide - Updated

Stage Lighting Focus Guide – Updated

*Update* Have you ever worked with a Lighting Designer, whether amateur or professional, and wondered what they are doing wandering around on stage waving their arms about? Have you noticed an LD, directing the lighting focus standing on the stage with their backs to the rig, and wondered what they were looking at on the […]


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Parkinson and Pareto - Ways of the Lighting Jedi

Parkinson and Pareto – Ways of the Lighting Jedi

If you have never heard of the Pareto Principle or Parkinson’s Law, get ready for a potential re-framing of how you tackle lighting work from this point on.  On Stage Lighting uncovers a key secret ingredient to enlightenment through lampie-Jedi knowledge, and to improving your effectiveness as a lighting programmer.  Partly though using a concept […]


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Blocking  and Block Cues

Blocking and Block Cues

In this article, On Stage Lighting addresses some common areas of difficulty for anyone trying to get to grips with programming professional lighting desks, particularly for cued theatre performances.  Going hand-in-hand with the dreaded ‘Tracking’, lighting control ‘Blocking’ and ‘Block Cues’ often confuse beginners to the world of lighting programming.  Let’s try and straighten things […]


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