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Book Review: A Practical Guide To Stage Lighting 3rd Edition – Steven Louis Shelley

Book Review: A Practical Guide To Stage Lighting 3rd Edition – Steven Louis Shelley

02 February 2014

Following the recent publication of the third edition of Steve Shelley’s book “A Practical Guide To Stage Lighting”, On Stage Lighting tackles this enormous beast of a book to see if we should replace our original copy.

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The Rules Of Stage Lighting Design

The Rules Of Stage Lighting Design

27 September 2013

Creative stage lighting design can be daunting to those starting out because, aside from the necessary technical understanding, it is essentially a game without rules. On Stage Lighting considers how the novice lighting designer can tackle such a game.

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Book Review – Light: Readings In Theatre Practice by Scott Palmer

Book Review – Light: Readings In Theatre Practice by Scott Palmer

09 September 2013

New book out? Yes. Excited? Yes. On Stage Lighting takes a look at the newly published Light: Readings in Theatre Practice by Scott Palmer and wonders where such a book has been all our lives….
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The Magic Sheet And You

The Magic Sheet And You

16 December 2012

In the usual OSL style of attempting make your life easier, On Stage Lighting takes a look at “Magic Sheets” in performance lighting, their development and how the concept can be used with modern lighting control platforms with some specific examples using the Cham Sys MagicQ.
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Stage Lighting Focus Guide – Updated

Stage Lighting Focus Guide – Updated

16 November 2012

*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 floor? This newly updated article sheds some light (sorry!) on how to focus stage lighting, with an assistant, from the stage. We examine the process from the viewpoint of both the Lighting Designer and the Electricians and get to grips with some common lighting focus terminology. > Read this article…

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Ilumo Zoom LED Spot  and Colour Mix Control

Ilumo Zoom LED Spot and Colour Mix Control

03 May 2012

While looking at the new ilumo ZOOM LED Spot, On Stage Lighting considers the future of colour in stage lighting control and revisits an old problem with a possible solution that leads to further questions.
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Resolume 4 Arena Review – Media Server Software

Resolume 4 Arena Review – Media Server Software

20 December 2011

In a world where both traditional lighting and digital visual media are the domain of the modern lampie, On Stage Lighting considers the forthcoming release of media software Resolume 4 Arena which looks like it has potential in the small to mid scale show visual market. > Read this article…

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Event Safety and Temporary Stage Design

Event Safety and Temporary Stage Design

24 August 2011

Following the recent news of several stage and event structure collapses, On Stage Lighting looks at where we have come from as a fledgling industry and where we might look for a path in the future.

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LEDs, Colour Mixing and Crossfades

LEDs, Colour Mixing and Crossfades

01 August 2011

A question from On Stage Lighting reader Michael prompts an article looking at a common consideration in modern stage lighting – successful transitions with colour mixing lighting fixtures.
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Compulite Vector – An Introduction

Compulite Vector – An Introduction

14 May 2011

An introduction to the Compulite Vector lighting control, a guest article by UK Vector trainer Joe Bleasdale. If you don’t really know much about the Vector, a favourite in control for TV lighting, read on.
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