Our main stage lighting guides are backstage at Learn@OnStageLighting but here are some examples of the some free guides available at On Stage Lighting to help a beginner in stage lighting.
Lighting Your Show – Where to Start?
- Ways to Learn Stage Lighting – A guide to ways of improving your stage lighting knowledge.
- Books On Stage Lighting Reading List – Recommended books on stage lighting.
- On Stage Lighting YouTube channel – Videos on stage lighting related subjects.
The Lighting Design Process
- Your First Lighting Design – 10 Step Crash Course – A quick and dirty guide to your first lighting design.
- Stage Lighting 101 – A guide ooking at one on the grandaddys of stage lighting tutorials on the web.
- Lighting The Stage – some considerations for lighting any stage for visibility.
- Reflected Lighting Colour Guide – also Colour Correction and Colour Temperature Guides
- Colour and Effects and use including: The Samoiloff Effect, Colour Mixing and LED Colour understanding. Working with and against shadows.
- Backlight in Stage Lighting Design – Why backlight is important in stage lighting design.
- Using Stage Lighting CAD Software in Lighting Design– Choosing software methods of producing a lighting plan.
- Designing a small show with a few moving lights.
Choosing Lighting Equipment
- Stage Lighting System – Lighting Rig Anatomy – A guide to the elements of a stage lighting system.
- Which Spotlights Should I Use For My Stage Show?– Profiles, Fresnels and PC spotlights explained.
- Hire Stage Lighting – What You Need To Know – A guide for anyone who needs to hire stage lighting equipment for their show.
- Guide to PAR64 lamps – Beam angles and useful information about the lighting workhorse PAR64.
- Beam Angle Calculator
- Choosing and Using a Gobo – The basics of how a gobo works and how to get the best out of them.
- LED Stage Lighting Basics – LED stage lighting is fashionable, but is it any good?
- Lighting and Colour – The basics of stage lighting and colour theory.
Setting Up Your Stage Lighting
- DMX Lighting Systems – Guide to DMX – The important bits about DMX512. Plus RDM DMX , ethernet and wireless DMX.
- Stage Lighting Stands – Easy Rigging Equipment – Choosing and using lighting stands to hang your gear from.
- How To Focus Stage Lighting – Focus your stage lighting like the pro’s.
- Health and Safety considerations.
- Stage Lighting Apps for the iPhone.
Running Your Show
Check out our main Stage Lighting Control Guide page!
- An Introduction to Stage Lighting Control – A guide to basic lighting desks and using them effectively.
- Intelligent Lighting Control Primer – The start of a comprehensive series on moving light control for beginners.
- Busking Concert Lighting with Submasters – A guide to running lights on an unrehearsed show.
- DMX Lighting Control Software: Cham Sys MagicQ PC. Introduction followed by a series of tutorials.
- Modern ways of using magic sheets in lighting control.
- Digital lighting and media servers, Pixel Mapping, Video signals and lighting for camera and IMAG.