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 July 17

by LearnStageLighting.com

This week’s Podcast we will be tying up the 4 Week Series on the IFCB Concept. We will dive in on the B = Beam and how you can use this to change your stage lighting.

Lighting News! (1:20)

This week in Lighting News:

The cat is out of the bag! M-PC, which was previously bought by Elation will be re-branding and has announced a Countdown for the new name! To check out the latest developments you can visit their Facebook Page Here.

ChromaQ Vista V3 beta has been released and you can download the beta version here: Vista Software.

This is a good software but it’s not very cost effective. The output is sold separately and you would have to invest in the hardware to even be able to use the software. Vista is a great software but I struggle to recommend it because of the cost of the software.

American DJ has released some New Products that I’m excited to try out:

Laptop Stand that gets your laptop off the table to help save you space: ADJ UNI LT2

Cool PowerCon Power Strip: ADJ Pow-R Bar

Utility Power Block: ADJ Pow-R Bar65

Main Segment (17:13)

Over the last four weeks, we have been covering the use of I, F, C, and B to change up your lighting. The B stands for Beam. This week we will explore how to use Beams in your lighting and recap the IFCB that we covered the past few weeks.

How to Use Beam in Your Lighting

Beam is more an abstract use of Lighting. When I think beams my mind goes to Gobos. Gobos are more patterns that you can put in the lights to shine onto the stage.

Gobos, gobos, gobos oh my!

Gobos are a great tool to use to help had some appeal to your stage. When I look to switch it up on the stage there will be a song when I won’t use the gobos. Then, I’ll use gobos for half or all of the lights for a song. Of course with LED wash fixtures, you won’t be able to use gobos.

Beams of light thru the air (focus)

When you have haze or an atmosphere I like to use zoom to have it really wide with not as bright light. Or you can keep it narrow to keep the light very bright.

Whether the stage or room is really dark or bright you can adjust the zoom or focus to adjust the lights and see what looks like.

Gobos in haze vs gobos projected on things

With gobos, you can make crosses, fans, effects, etc. I created a video a while back about this and I highly recommend checking it out! Moving Light Patterns video

How I use I, F, C, and B, all Together

As I mentioned before I started this series I use the IFCB concept to make changes on the stage.

I = Intensity
F = Focus
C = Color
B = Beam

These are great levers to use for inspiration and changing up the stage.

Next week we will talk about using effects. We will elaborate on creating effects and tying it in with the IFCB Concept. Be sure to tune in!

Mailbag (24:40)

If you’re looking for more In-Depth Training then I would highly recommend checking out Learn Stage Lighting Labs. We have a great group of professionals and individuals that are willing to assist and guide you in your Lighting Journey. We have a very active Forum, Tutorials, and Videos to get you started.

Aedyn: How to make lighting look good “in the round”?

For those who don’t know a Black Box Theaters is basically a blank room where you can set up a stage anywhere.

I have a video of How to Make an Even Wash of Light that I would like to recommend checking out.

I would suggest drawing out an overhead view with a pencil. At the corners of the box, having 2 lights for each corner. I would set up each light at 45-degree angle.

Ashleigh: She has recently been promoted to PR & Booking at a Bar. They have a sound tech but they cannot afford to hire someone for Lighting. They want to set up the lights to run with music and the fog machine.

I would set up some scenes that are partially sound activated so that a person can switch between different lighting scenes. DMXis is a great program that can do this for you.

If you’re looking for a concert type of lighting you’ll probably want some DMXis set up. I have a great Action Plan available in the Learn Stage Lighting Lab that teaches how to set up DMXis for live music when you don’t have a dedicated operator. You can check it out here: Amplify Those Beats.

Daniel: We have an LED Sign set up in our office. We want to be able to control this from a Desktop platform without a cable connection to the DMX Box. We already have the DMX Box and LED-Converter, but do we need anything else?

It sounds like you need a PC Software to run it. Now, you want to make it run wireless to the LED Sign. I actually have a post that can help you with this:  The Complete Guide to Running Data to Your Lights Wirelessly

Now another situation you may have is you don’t have a control console. I would suggest checking out this post: Choosing Your First Lighting Console

Youthgrouptech: How do I work with local crews at theatres?

When you’re working with a Local Crew sometimes, you will have to tell them to help unload but let them know it’s faster for you to set everything. Just let them know that you are used to working on your own and that you will let them know if you need help or have questions.

If you’re at a minimum working age I would recommend checking into local stages and asking if you can join the crew or be put on a Call List. This will help you learn the industry standards for setting up, packing, etc. You can definitely learn a lot by working with professionals.

If you’re new here, I have a Quiz that will help me send you a customized Guide on getting started with Lighting: FREE Guide @ LearnStageLighting.com/quiz.

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