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 January 22

by LearnStageLighting.com

Learn Stage Lighting PodcastThis week in the Podcast we’re going to revisit one of the most listened to Episodes of Learn Stage Lighting Podcast.

How bright, does your light really need to be? There’s no one size fits all answer to this so we’re going to go through different types of setups and stages to help give you a clearer perspective on how to approach this topic.

For the Original Show Notes you can visit:

Episode 16 – How Bright Does My Light Need to Be?

Main Segment

This week I want to dive in on how much light do you need and how bright it needs to be.

With many different types of stages and setups, there really is no one blanket suggestion to cover this.

Whether you already have lights or you’re in the process of purchasing lights here are some tips on brightness and lighting.

How Much Ambient Light is There in Your Room?

Lighting is all about Contrast.

Something to consider is if there is a lot of existing light in your room you may not need as much or such bright lights. If your doing lights for a band in a dark venue you don’t want to overwhelm your audience with extremely bright lights.

For more info on the brightness of certain lighting check out the article here: https://learnstagelighting.com/footcandles-lumens-lux/

What Else is on the Stage?

Another factor to consider is checking to see if there are existing lights on the stage. Possible there are lights that do not turn off or house lights? Be sure to test lighting to see what adjustments you may need to make.

With projection screens, you normally want to keep your lighting the same as the brightness of the projector.

One way to test this is to take a picture of the screen. Is your stage overpowering the projection or vice versa? Depending on what you’re looking for just adjust the lights and brightness as needed.

What Do the Room and Cameras Need?

Years ago, cameras needed a lot more light than they do now. Typically, if you’re shooting in a short distance you won’t need as much light. If you’re shooting a farther distance you may need more light.

More important than brightness is keeping your lights even.

For example, if you have some dark and light spots on your stage it may appear darker than what you are hoping for. Keeping your lights even will prevent this effect on your stage.

Here’s a great resource on how to even your lighting: https://learnstagelighting.com/how-do-i-create-an-even-wash-of-stage-light/.

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