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What is Stage Lighting? (And Why Should I Use it?)
Stage lighting, in the obvious realm, is lighting that is on a stage. Practically, we see that stage lighting provides[...]
What are the Basic Parts of a Stage Lighting System?
A massive lighting show takes up a whole arena, bathing an artist or speaker in vibrant light. A corporate[...]
Do I Need Need Moving Lights? + Moving Lights Buyers Guide
Moving lights are a load of fun! Whether you're a band, church, DJ or in the theatre world, the dream[...]
How do I Create an Awesome, Even Wash of Stage Light?
You've got lights and a console all set up and working, but when you turn everything on you've got huge[...]
What is a Lighting Special, and How Do I Focus it?
If you've worked with anyone who has theatrical training, then you may have heard them refer to a lighting "Special".[...]
How Do I Tape Down a Cable? – The Complete Guide to Taping Down Cables with Gaff Tape and other Solutions
When it comes down to it, we run a lot of cables in the world of lighting. Data one way,[...]
What is Bench Focusing? + My Complete Bench Focusing Guide
Do your ellipsoidals not seem as "punchy" as they once were? Do you want to get significantly more output from[...]
Can I Touch a Stage Lighting Lamp when I change it?
If you work with incandescent stage lights, you've probably heard the rumor that you aren't supposed to touch the halogen[...]
What is Beam Angle? What is Field Angle? Why Does it Matter?
If you've been reading LSL for any amount of time, you know that I am big on making you an[...]
How To Clean Your Stage Lighting (Without Making a Mess)
When was the last time you cleaned your stage lighting equipment? Perhaps it's been awhile since you last were up[...]
Can You Use Microphone Cables for Lighting? DMX Vs. XLR Demystified
When it comes to plugging in your lights to DMX, ask 5 different people, and you'll probably get 5 different[...]
How to Light For IMAG – 5 Ways to Improve Your Lighting Rig for the Camera
If you've recently gone visited a large church, attended at child's graduation or flown to a national sales meeting, chances[...]
What Are the Rules to Using Color in Stage Lighting?
If you open your eyes, and you're like most people, you see color. I know this is simplifying it a[...]
How Do I Convert, Split and Merge DMX? What if I Do it Wrong?
If you're using more than a few DMX fixtures, or have them spread out across your stage, you're going to[...]
5 Simple Values That Will Propel You Forward in the Entertainment Industry
Working day in and day out in the entertainment industry, I naturally see a lot of people and meet a[...]
How to Use a Multimeter for Stage Lighting + Buyers Guide
One of the top 5 tools that I recommend to anyone getting into stage lighting is an electrical multimeter. An[...]
The Complete Guide To Stage Lighting Power Connectors & Plugs
When you're looking to install a lighting system, buy new gear or begin in stage lighting, the amazing variety of[...]
The Complete Guide To Stage Lighting Data Connectors & Plugs
In the last post, I wrote about the common power connectors and plugs the stage lighting. If you haven't already[...]
Why Moving Lights aren’t just for rock stars: When Moving Lights DON’T Move!
I was recently speaking with a church tech director who was working out the details for a future lighting purchase[...]
What Makes Big Concerts So Cool? The Dynamic Range of Light:
You might know what dynamic range is in the audio world; it’s the difference between the loudest and softest sound.[...]
How To Get Started In Set Design Without The Hassle
Set design can be one of the most underutilized aspects of stage lighting in many circles. Sometimes it's because people[...]
Grow Your Lighting Skills Today: Interview with Brad Schiller
Once again, I'm really excited to bring you an interview with a lighting professional! Brad Schiller has been in the[...]
Bit By The Lighting Bug – Interview with Jeff Waful
If you've been reading Learn Stage Lighting for awhile, you may know that I am quite a fan of jam[...]
How to Make Your Big Event Special (Without Losing Your Shirt)
This post has been brought to you by Pro Lighting Rental. Imagine this: You have a big show/service/drama/production coming up,[...]
How to Pre-Wire Your Lights to Save Yourself Time and Frustration…
Pre-wiring has been one of the tricks that professionals have been using for years to cut down setup time. If[...]
Review: Stage Light Company Hex Par Pro 12 and Pix Bar Hex Pro 6
Recently, I was given the opportunity to review the Stage Light Company Pro Par Hex 12 and Pix Bar Pro Hex[...]
How to Create Movement (Without Expensive Moving Lights)
There's no doubt that moving lights are cool. Really cool. And a lot of fun to play with. But the[...]
How Much Light Do I Have? Footcandles, Lumens and Lux
If you've ever sat down to attempt the purchase of new lights, one of the first questions you have is[...]
How to Prevent Power Loss When Using a Mobile Generator
Today's post is a guest post written by Lukas Conant of ATI Electrical. Have you ever had a power[...]
How Do I Set Up a Lighting Console “Show Computer”?
A funny thing is happening as we move forward in time. Computers are getting faster, cheaper and more reliable, and[...]
How do I Use MIDI Hardware to Control My Lighting Console?
In the past 10 years, lighting consoles have changed and progressed A LOT! Particularly, in the last few years we've[...]
How Do I Create Great Lighting Effects With Color?
Color is by far my favorite attribute of light. Whether you're a professional lighting designer, or just want a great[...]
LED Tape and Pixels 101 – How to Create Custom Lighting for Your Stage!
Over the past few years, using custom LED tape has been all the rage on stages of all sizes. Just[...]
How Do I Begin Working With A Professional Lighting Console?
It used to be that there was a divide in the lighting world between professional and consumer - between big[...]
What is TouchOSC and How Do I Use it With Lighting?
I'm a big fan of getting as much hands-on control as possible when I'm programming and running lights. That's why,[...]
Should I Use Wireless DMX? The Complete Guide to Running Data to Your Lights Wirelessly
Until we get wireless power, running wireless data to our lights is one of the biggest time-savers and problem solvers[...]
Control Lots of Pixels – Without Losing Your Mind!
If you’ve played around with controlling LED pixels, you know that getting the infrastructure set up to control your pixels[...]
Online Training For Elation’s Onyx (formerly M-PC)
Elation's Onyx software is hands-down my very favorite professional-grade software for running lights. Not only is the software freely downloadable,[...]
Fundamentals of a Mixing Console – The Master Control For An Audio System
I remember the very first time I stepped up to a large format analog mixing console. It was in Chicago[...]
What are Strobes and Blinders, and How Do I Use Them in My Show?
When it comes to creating a punch of light on stage or in the audience, professional lighting designers turn to[...]
Should I Leave My Lights On All The Time? DMX Relays and Sequencers 101
This one is for the folks who have their lights permanently installed: Do you leave your LED's and moving lights powered[...]
How to Buy the Right Lighting Today That Will Still Work For You In The Future
One of my biggest frustrations in life is when I buy something, and then a year or 2 later, it[...]
How Do I Find Out What DMX Channels My Lights Have? And How Do I Control That from My Console?
Here is a question that I get all to often here on Learn Stage Lighting - "I've got __________ no-name[...]
How Do I Create and Install My Own Fixture Library for DMXis, D-Pro, or Show Buddy Active?
With DMXIS, Show Buddy Active, and D-PRO, if you don't see your fixture in the patch/fixture library section, you have[...]
What Do I Do When my DMX Light Doesn’t Work Right?
If you have a DMX Light that's not working properly or even at all, here are some effective steps to[...]
Should I Use Grand MA3, Vista, Hog, Chamsys, or Onyx?
A very common situation is trying to select which professional grade console you should go with. Now, more than ever[...]
Can I Use The M-Touch and M-Play with Onyx without a Touchscreen?
Recently, I had received a challenge from one of our Learn Stage Lighting Labs members wanting to know how much[...]
3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Using the LightShark
Since starting with the LightShark it's become one of my favorite consoles to work with. If you've been following Learn[...]
3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Using Elation’s ONYX
ONYX has become my favorite professional console. Elation's Onyx was formerly known as Martin M-PC / M-Series and since the[...]
Can You Make a Great Lighting Rig with 1 DMX Universe?
Talking with some students from Learn Stage Lighting Labs I've found that there are some situations where you are limited[...]
What is the Difference Between Basic, Intermediate and Professional Lighting Consoles?
On Learn Stage Lighting I often have the usual consoles that I like to refer to and work with. However,[...]
What to Lay Out on Buttons, On-Screen and on Faders
One of the questions I often get from people is this: How should you prioritize certain cues over others when[...]
How to Choose a Basic Lighting Console (Software vs Hardware)
If you are brand new and just getting started with lighting you have come to the right place. Over the[...]
Should I Buy a PC-Based or Hardware-Based Lighting Console?
There's always the age-old debate that comes up about whether you should go with a PC-Based or Hardware-Based lighting console.[...]
How to Use the Elgato Stream Deck to Control Stage Lighting
In this article, we dive into how to use Elgato Stream Deck with different lighting and other show control software[...]
How Do You Run Your Band’s Lighting from a Console?
How do you set up your lighting console for a band? The answer will depend on the band you are[...]
Should You Trigger Your Church’s Lighting From Stage or From The Booth?
When it comes to lighting in the church, I believe this is the area that has the most potential in[...]
Free and Cheap Lighting and AV Resources During COVID-19
Stuck inside? COVID-19 has left many without work, or at least stuck at home with extra free time. On this[...]
Run Audio, Lights, and Video Together: LiveTraker Review
A question I often receive is: "What program can someone use to trigger lights, play videos, and music?" The truth[...]
How Do You Sync Visuals and Lighting Together for DJ or EDM Lighting?
When working as a DJ or an EDM artist eventually you're going to want to incorporate graphics or visuals into[...]
How to Use LiveTraker with DMXis to Control Lights from Stage
LiveTraker is a program I've been using more of lately to output MIDI, audio, and even videos. Up until now,[...]
What Do I Need to Begin with My First Lighting Network?
Having lights set up on a network is more common now than ever before. Generally, it used to be where[...]
How Do You Manage Your Cables for Lighting, Audio, and Video? My Favorite Tools to Get it Done!
Keeping your cables and wires organized may seem simple but it also very important especially when it comes to safety[...]
3 Types of Lighting Consoles or Software – Which is Right For You?
Why is it important to make sure you find the right lighting console for you? Working with others in lighting[...]
LightShark – Is it the right lighting software for me? + Interface Guide
Now more than ever, there's a lot more to choose from when it comes to intermediate consoles. As an intermediate[...]
Which DMX / Playback Interface Should I Use with lightShark? Do I Need One?
A question that comes up very often is when choosing between lightShark LS Core and LS1 Console, what interface options[...]
LightKey – Is it the right lighting software for me? + Interface Guide
LightKey is what I would consider to be an intermediate console and it's definitely made it's way to the lighting[...]
Why Use Lasers in Your Lighting? + Who should add lasers to their show?
In this post, we're going to cover some basics of what lasers are and if they are right for you.[...]
How Do You Control Lasers – ILDA, Mercury, FB4, Lasercube?
Learning how to get started with lasers is one thing but trying to decide how to get control of lasers[...]
How to Build Low-Resolution Video Panels (Controlled by ONYX or ELM)
If you turn on your TV and watch any live performance, you're going to see video panels and pixel-lights in[...]
How Can You Get Started with Stage Lighting From Nothing?
If your new to stage lighting and not sure where to start, how do you get started from nothing? In[...]
Should I Use a PC or Lighting Console or Board for my Stage Lighting?
In this post, we're going to tackle the question of "Should you use a PC based or a stand-alone console?"[...]
What is “Good Enough” to meet your needs When Buying a Stage Light?
When purchasing lights, you may have noticed the amount of different options to choose from. What would be considered good[...]
The Biggest Secret to Getting a Great Price on Stage Lighting
Once you have an idea of what type and which lights you want to purchase, the next step is getting[...]
Small Venue Lighting 101-Think About The Environment
When you work in a small venue, It's critical to light the whole space for the biggest impact. The good[...]
Using Non-Standard Lighting for a BIG Impact in Your Stage Lighting
Often times what you need to really make your stage pop and to make a big impact during your show[...]
Automation – The Secret To Great Lighting With a Small or Non-Existent Crew
When you're gigging as a small band or run the worship for a small church, choosing to automate some or[...]
How to Automate Lighting With Backing Tracks (Pt. 1)
Let's discover how to run lights via backing tracks through MIDI or OSC commands. What programs do you need, and[...]
How to Automate Lighting With Backing Tracks (Pt. 2) – Using Timecode
Timecode allows us to automate our lighting in a way that we only have to do setup on the lighting[...]
How Do You Make A Mid-Size Venue or Church Look Great? – The Unique Challenges – Create Depth
Let's talk about the basics of lighting your mid sized venue so that you can put on the best show[...]
Extend and Move the Stage – How Do You Make A Mid-Size Venue or Church Look Great?
Creating different spaces with your stage is another great way to make a mid-size venue or church look great. Learn[...]
If You Have Height – Use it! – How Do You Make A Mid-Size Venue or Church Look Great?
Using the height of your space can transform the way your stage looks - whether you use it all or[...]
Recycle? How Do You Make A Mid-Size Venue or Church Look Great?
Using what you already have on your stage can be a GREAT way to make a new look. Here's how![...]
Stage Lighting Control for a Mid-Size Venue or Church
When it comes to choosing a lighting console or software for a mid-sized venue, what do you need to look[...]
Can you build an LED Tape or Pixel Design Without Soldering?
Most LED tape projects involve a bunch of soldering. Not if you use this approach! https://youtu.be/C2DLhDugteg When it comes to[...]
When Lighting Isn’t Just Lighting: How Can We Incorporate Video in Our Events?
Are video and lighting the same thing? If they are, how do we combine them together? In this video, David[...]
How to Trigger Video Clips Along With Your Stage Lighting
Today, let's discuss why and how to trigger both your video and lighting together for a seamless live event. https://youtu.be/Se4ZqwStM8U[...]
Lighting for the Camera – How is it Different From The Stage?
The camera has been a part of live events for some time, but in the post-2020 world more and more[...]
The Hybrid Event – How to Use “Video Lights” With Regular Stage Lighting
Balancing stage lighting, video lighting and the camera can be difficult. Let me show you how to optimize all 3[...]
Audience Lighting 101 and Console Setup For The Camera
The last step to great hybrid or livestream event lighting is to balance your audience lighting. In this video, I[...]
Video Lighting NOT on a Stage 101 – Angles, Balance, Ways to Make it Pop! – featuring GVM
Lighting for the camera is more common then ever before - even off a stage! In this video, I show[...]
2 Ways to Easily Add To the Environment for Your Next Event
Lighting the Environment around your stage can be one of the best ways to make an event truly remarkable. Here[...]
How to Set Up Your Console for Room and Environmental Lighting
Controlling room and lobby lighting out of your console isn't as cut and dry as it may seem. Grab my[...]
How to Install the Mega Lite DECO Series Houselights
The MEGA Lite DECO houselights are a really great and simple system that allows anyone to install these low-voltage lights[...]
Easy Setup Stage Lighting – Ground-Supported Only￼
How do you put together a lighting rig that can go together and be setup QUICK for your band or[...]
Easy Setup Stage Lighting – When You Have No Atmosphere (Haze or Fog)
How do you put together a lighting rig that can go together and be setup QUICK for your band or[...]
How Do You Begin with Lasers in Stage Lighting? (Updated 2022!)
Lasers are cool. And if you already have a decent-sized rig of lights, they can be a really great next[...]
How Do You Program Lasers to Blend in With Your Show vs. Being the Centerpiece?
Lasers don't have to be a show-stopping effect. They do that well, but if you mix them in correctly, they[...]
Protecting Your Gear – Rack Bags and Soft Cases￼￼￼￼￼
When it comes to transporting your lights, what is the best way to keep them protected? In this video, I[...]