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The Rules Of Stage Lighting Design

The Rules Of Stage Lighting Design

Tweet 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. [...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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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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Equipment – The Curse of Lighting Design?

Equipment – The Curse of Lighting Design?

Tweet On Stage Lighting takes a look at the curse of the Lighting Designer and some reasons why it can be more of a danger than ever. But you can resist it’s temptations, and we’ll set on you on the road to recovery. Read on. [...more]

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Stage Lighting Apps for the iPhone – Updated

Stage Lighting Apps for the iPhone – Updated

Tweet An up to date look at stage lighting iPhone apps and what they do. July 2008 saw the start of stage lighting’s entry into the world of Apple’s iPhone apps – lighting themed software that you can use with the iPhone (or iPod Touch) and now, the iPad. Since the first few iPhone apps […] [...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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Light Reflection and the Angle Of Incidence

Light Reflection and the Angle Of Incidence

Tweet The title sounds like an action movie but we are looking at some lighting theory of reflection, the angle of incidence and interaction of light with different surfaces. Plus the comforting constancy of physics and being able to predict what happens to a stage lighting beam once you’ve let it fly. [...more]

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Live Lighting

Live Lighting

Tweet Live lighting is making more appearances in an increasing range of performances and show types. Put the edge back in your lighting design with the fear of uncertainty. [...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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Lighting Designer for the 21st Century

Lighting Designer for the 21st Century

Tweet A look at lighting design in the new millennium and how the lighting designer’s job has been changed by market forces and a growing entertainment industry. [...more]

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Lighting The Stage

Lighting The Stage

Tweet Stage Lighting (clue in the name), lighting the stage would seem to be it’s primary function. The question “How to light a stage?” seems to come up frequently among beginners. On Stage Lighting looks at basic front lighting for any venue or show. [...more]

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Stage Lighting Plan – Lighting Design and Communication

Stage Lighting Plan – Lighting Design and Communication

Tweet All kinds of lighting design software are available today, the benefits of CAD and visualisation tools are undeniable. On Stage Lighting regularly hears from first time lighting designers including BTEC students, asking the best way to draw lighting plan. This article looks a the basics of planning a lighting design and the real purpose […] [...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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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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Olympic Sized Lighting Design

Olympic Sized Lighting Design

Tweet What if the phone rang tomorrow and ….? “Hi. We’ve got this little show coming up in 2012. It’s in East London and we’d like a bit of lighting to liven the place up.” Where the **** do you start with an Olympic sized lighting design? Or any large scale lighting design for that […] [...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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Colour Correction Filters – More Stage Lighting Gels

Colour Correction Filters – More Stage Lighting Gels

Tweet Colour correction lighting filters are an easy solution to achieve a standardised white light. Following on from Colour Temperature …, this article looks at colour correction filters and their uses in lighting design, both practical and artistic. [...more]

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Colour Temperature

Colour Temperature

Good stage lighting makes use of coloured light to create mood or depict the lighting in a specific location and time of day. This article gives you an introduction to colour temperature, why it is important and it's relevance in stage lighting design. [...more]

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Backlight – What, Why, How and Where?

Backlight – What, Why, How and Where?

Tweet Backlight is an important element in 3-point stage lighting that can be neglected on small shows in schools and drama clubs. So what is it, why should you use backlighting and what effect does it have in different stage lighting situations? [...more]

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Your First Lighting Design How To – A crash course in 10 steps

Your First Lighting Design How To – A crash course in 10 steps

Tweet On Stage Lighting recently had a number of questions on doing a first lighting design. If you have been given the job of lighting designer for your next school play, this crash course will help you learn the basics of the lighting design process. It won’t help you learn all the detail of how […] [...more]

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Stage Lighting Tutorials – Stage Lighting 101 Review

Stage Lighting Tutorials – Stage Lighting 101 Review

Tweet There are some good free stage lighting tutorials on the web and the daddy of them is Stage Lighting 101 by Bill Williams. Bill Williams has a pedigree as an international lighting designer, lighting author and teacher and his work is a must for beginners. [...more]

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Stage Lighting CAD – Theatre Lighting Symbols – DWG

Stage Lighting CAD – Theatre Lighting Symbols – DWG

Tweet Stage and theatre lighting design uses your technical and artistic skills to specify equipment and create the look of a production. Planning lighting positions and communicating your ideas by drawing a lighting plan used to involve what was called techincal drawing but pens and paper have given way to CAD – Computer Aided Design. […] [...more]

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Stage Lighting Software Guide – Version 1

Stage Lighting Software Guide – Version 1

Tweet As your lighting designs get more complex, you will want to present your ideas and technical information in a clear way and using a computer to help the lighting design process is an advantage. If you can manage your equipment lists, gel cuts and cable specifications while drawing a lighting plan, even better. Stage […] [...more]

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Which Stage Lights Should I Use For My Show?

Which Stage Lights Should I Use For My Show?

Tweet If you are new to stage lighting and are a bit confused about all of the lighting equipment involved then don’t worry. You know that you need some stage lights but which ones? On Stage Lighting has put together a guide to spotlights to help you choose the right ones for the job. [...more]

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