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Parkinson and Pareto – Ways of the Lighting Jedi

Parkinson and Pareto – Ways of the Lighting Jedi

15 June 2015

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 named after an obscure Italian economist.
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Blocking  and Block Cues

Blocking and Block Cues

09 October 2014

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 out a little.

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Nested Palettes in Stage Lighting Programming

Nested Palettes in Stage Lighting Programming

10 August 2014

On Stage Lighting presents a quick guide to the use of “nested” palettes in stage lighting programming and some benefits from using this technique, along with potential problems that may arise for the unwary programmer.

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NEW VIDEO QLab 3 Tutorial : Moving on from Qlab 2

NEW VIDEO QLab 3 Tutorial : Moving on from Qlab 2

22 April 2014

This tutorial is a quick overview of the QLab 3 interface for anyone that already uses Qlab 2 or who have learned using my QLab 2 for beginner’s videos.Including the answer to the question ” Where has Load To Time gone in Qlab 3?”

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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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Dance Lighting Introduction

Dance Lighting Introduction

07 September 2013

A guest post from Lucas Krech, a Lighting Designer with a passion for lighting dance performance. An great introduction to dance lighting that looks at some history, theory and the use of side light in particular. > Read this article…

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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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