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How to Light For IMAG – 5 Ways to Improve Your Lighting Rig for the Camera

How to Light For IMAG – 5 Ways to Improve Your Lighting Rig for the Camera

Tweet In an article from a special guest author, David Henry looks at lighting for camera in a world where IMAG is commonplace in a range of performance and event genres. If you’ve recently gone visited a large church, attended at child’s graduation or flown to a national sales meeting, chances are that you experienced […] [...more]

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PLASA 2012 Show Report

PLASA 2012 Show Report

Tweet As PLASA London waves goodbye to it’s Earl’s Court home to seek new pastures at ExCeL in 2013, On Stage Lighting guides you through the retina burning LEDs to see what 2012 show had to offer. [...more]

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Stage Lighting Design Software – Choose Your CAD

Stage Lighting Design Software – Choose Your CAD

Tweet With a newly updated article on a popular topic at On Stage Lighting, we look at stage lighting design software and CAD options when it comes to planning and communication in our lighting world in an extended Guide To Choosing Stage Lighting Design Software. [...more]

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PLASA 2011 – Show Report

PLASA 2011 – Show Report

Tweet Armed with nothing but a well worn pair of shoes and four days supply of anti-migraine pills, On Stage Lighting hits Earl’s Court in London for the 2011 assault on the senses that is the PLASA show. [...more]

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The Samoiloff Effect – Lighting Magic and Colour Effects

The Samoiloff Effect – Lighting Magic and Colour Effects

Tweet Looking at the Samoiloff effect, an old stage lighting trick using the physics of reflected colour, On Stage Lighting brings together the old with some new technologies in the form of colour mixing LED fixtures. [...more]

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Shit happens, But..

Shit happens, But..

Tweet Fed up? Do you find that you spend too much time on things that go wrong? Does your time on shows seem to be a series of fire fighting opportunities rather than “higher lighting” (?!) opportunities? Why do things go wrong so often? Why is equipment always letting  you down? Best laid lighting plans […] [...more]

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PLASA 2010 – Show Report

PLASA 2010 – Show Report

Tweet To bring you a PLASA Show round up for 2010, On Stage Lighting braved the crowds and sensory assault that is two exhibition halls stuffed with the brightest and most efficient light sources in show business. [...more]

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Chasing the Lion – Getting To The Top In Lighting

Chasing the Lion – Getting To The Top In Lighting

Tweet Many On Stage Lighting readers are young aspiring lighting designers, keen to get into the industry and begin their journey to the top of their chosen profession. In this guest article, Lighting Designer, Author and all round stage lighting guru Richard Cadena tells it like it is. [...more]

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Lighting An Orchestra

Lighting An Orchestra

Tweet In the stage lighting calendar, the Christmas season is awash with choirs and orchestras, carol concerts and recitals. On Stage Lighting considers how to light a classical concert ,an orchestra or choir (while keeping conductors and musicians happy) including a simple rig design without overstage rigging postions. [...more]

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Pan & Tilt Invert – Why Life Is Sometimes Better Back To Front

Pan & Tilt Invert – Why Life Is Sometimes Better Back To Front

Tweet This week we look at attribute inversions in intelligent lighting control, the use of Pan or Tilt Invert in particular. So what is attribute inversion, why would a console programmer use it and when is an invert most useful? On Stage Lighting turns your world upside down. [...more]

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Dance Lighting – Introduction

Dance Lighting – Introduction

Tweet 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. [...more]

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21 Ways to an Easier Programming Life

21 Ways to an Easier Programming Life

Tweet Programming moving lights is complicated, especially when you’re taking those first steps with some hired waggly heads and an unfamiliar console.On Stage Lighting lists 21 ways to make programming easier, more efficient and how to avoid mistakes that waste valuable time. [...more]

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Guide To Pixel Mapping

Guide To Pixel Mapping

Tweet 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 […] [...more]

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Lighting & Shadow

Lighting & Shadow

Tweet In this guide to “the dark side”, On Stage Lighting looks at light’s oppo – shadow. Understanding shadow, the lighting designer can control it, avoiding unwanted shadows while creating others for effect. [...more]

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Boom and Bust in the Lighting Business

Boom and Bust in the Lighting Business

On Stage Lighting looks into a current hot industry topic – the immediate and and long term future of jobs in live events . [...more]

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Lighting Design with Moving Lights – A Small Show

Lighting Design with Moving Lights – A Small Show

This article looks at lighting design using moving lights and helps you think about what to do with those four waggly spots you were hoping to hire in for your next show. [...more]

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Using Submasters for Busking Band Lighting

Using Submasters for Busking Band Lighting

Tweet Following Concert Lighting Programming in 30 mins, Dimitris asked for more information on organising submasters/playbacks when lighting a concert. So here it is – ideas on how to layout your lighting console playbacks for simplicity and flexibility. [...more]

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Glastonbury 2008 Update – The Tea Boy Returns

Glastonbury 2008 Update – The Tea Boy Returns

Tweet At the end of June we heard from 18 year old Joshua Simms who was about to start a summer job with the lighting crew at Glastonbury 2008. We’ve managed to track Josh down to ask him about his first festival experience. Did he make the tea or what? [...more]

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Concert Lighting Programming in 30 Minutes

Concert Lighting Programming in 30 Minutes

Tweet In the middle of summer(?) music festival madness, On Stage Lighting gives you a 30 minute schedule and a cheat sheet to help program up your lighting desk for three days of bands. The mud has been removed from this article for reasons of hygiene. [...more]

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Reflected Colour in Stage Lighting Design

Reflected Colour in Stage Lighting Design

Tweet A look at a simple principle of stage lighting colour theory – reflected light. This article explains how coloured light interacts with sets and costumes and how to avoid errors when choosing saturated colour for your theatre lighting. [...more]

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Stage Lighting Education – What You Need To Get A Job

Stage Lighting Education – What You Need To Get A Job

Tweet In a series of interviews, On Stage Lighting spoke to four industry professionals about getting a first job in the lighting business. This article considers the results and what to think about when choosing your stage lighting education. [...more]

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DMX Fault – Finding and Fixing DMX Problems

DMX Fault – Finding and Fixing DMX Problems

Tweet DMX512 is the most common stage lighting control system that can control both intelligent lighting and DMX dimmer systems. A DMX control system is pretty simple and robust and DMX faults are a less common problem in stage lighting, compared to blown lamps etc. If you do have a fault in your DMX chain, […] [...more]

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Focus Stage Lighting – Original

Focus Stage Lighting – Original

Tweet 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 […] [...more]

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