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Starting with Theatre Lighting, and Want to Be a Lighting Designer
This week on the Podcast we have our Q+A Tuesday! Join us as we take questions from listeners just like[...]
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[...]
How Do I Get Started with a Professional-Grade Lighting Console?
This week on the Podcast we're going to dive into how to get started with a professional grade lighting console.[...]
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[...]
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 Lab members wanting to know how much[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Episode 52 – How Do You Add Video to Your Lighting Show? – Media Servers, Pixels and Control!
This week in the Podcast we're excited to cover a topic that we get a lot of questions about how[...]
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[...]
Episode 47 – The Complete Guide to Pixels, LED Tape and Custom LED’s: Part 2
Happy New Year! In our previous Podcast, we started talking about the technical side of Pixels and LED Tape. In[...]
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[...]
Episode 45 – The Complete Guide to Pixels, LED Tape and Custom LED’s: Part 1
In this week's episode, we kick off our series on a Guide to Pixels, LED Tape, and Custom LED's. We[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Episode 37 – What Computer Do I Need for Lighting?
In this week's Episode, we discuss the basics on what to look for when getting a computer for your Lighting[...]
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[...]
Episode 31 – How do I get started with LED tape and pixels?
In this week's episode, we have some special guests from ENTTEC: Crystal and James. We break down the basics in[...]
Episode 30 – How Do I Decide What To Do With The Lights At Any Given Moment?
This week on Episode 30 we dive in on what you can with lights on stage. While you're working with[...]
Episode 29 – What is Dynamic Range in Stage Lighting?
This week on Episode 29 we dive into what is Dynamic Range and how you can use this on your[...]
Episode 28 – What Should I Program on the Faders and Buttons of My Lighting Console?
This week on Episode 28 we dive in on how to set up and program the Faders and Buttons on[...]
How Do I Choose My First (or Next) Lighting Console?
Perhaps this is your dilemma - you run lights for a band/school/church/small company, and you can't figure out which console[...]
Episode 24 – What Colors Should I Use in My Lighting?
Main Segment This week's Podcast we're at Sweetwater's GearFest in central Indiana and we have two special guests from ENTTEC.[...]
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[...]
Episode 22 – How Do I Use Intensity In My Lighting?
Lighting News! This week we will discuss how to use and adjust Intensity to spice up your stage lighting! 4-Wall[...]
Episode 21 – The 4 Letter Formula I Use to Make Great Lighting Design
Lighting News! Earlier this week I read a great article by Brad Dureya about running audio with a tablet and[...]
Episode 20 – What are the Rules to Designing Stage Lighting?
Lighting News! This week in the I have been working on the 30 Days to Become a Lighting Ninja Series[...]
Episode 19 – How Do I Visualize My Lighting on The PC?
Lighting News! This week in lighting news there wasn't much that really caught my attention but I wanted to share[...]
Episode 18 – How Do I Get Started Controlling Stage Lighting for Under $500?
Lighting News This week in lighting news we do have a grim story but it needs to be discussed. There[...]
Episode 17 – How Do I get started controlling lights for less than $100?
Our Podcast is Growing! Thanks to our listeners sharing episodes the Podcast is growing and now reaching worldwide listeners! I[...]
How to Use ShowCockpit to Map MIDI Devices to M-PC
ShowCockpit is a program that allows you to use various control types to control different lighting consoles. It's basically an[...]
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,[...]
Episode 15 – Getting in the Atmosphere – What are Haze, Fog and Faze, and When Do I Use Them?
Lighting News This week I don't have any recent news that caught my attention. But I do want to share[...]
Episode 14 – Moving Lights – When and Why Should You Use Them?
Lighting News! This week we have no updates as the NAB and Pro Light and Sound Trade Shows ended last[...]
Episode 13 – Barndoors, Lenses, Gel and Gobos, oh my! How to Shape the Light!
Lighting News! This week we have a few updates in the Lighting industry that I wanted to share with you.[...]
Episode 12 – What Are The Different Types of Lights and When Should I use Them (Part 2)
This week, we're continuing our series on lighting fixtures by talking about spot fixtures and beam fixtures. Listen in to[...]
The Basics of Band Lighting: How to Begin With Band Lighting
Most, if not all of us, have been to some kind of rock concert at some time of our life.[...]
Episode 11 What Are All These Different Types Of Lights, And When Should I Use Them?
In Episode 11, David is so excited because he has a few things to talk to you about. He is[...]
What is Theatre Lighting? (And what makes it different from other types of lighting?)
I love the theatre. Many of my early and formative experiences were spent figuring out how to make lighting work[...]
Episode 9 -What are Art-Net and sACN…and how do I use them?
This is Episode 9 of Learn Stage Lighting Podcast. Today David is going to examine Art-Net and sACN in a less[...]
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[...]
Episode 7 – What DMX Channel Mode Should I Put My Lights In?
Today, David is so excited to talk about DMX Channel Modes If you had been enjoying these Podcasts head over[...]
What is Cloning, and How Can I Use it To Save Time?
Cloning is not just for sheep. If you're using a professional-grade lighting console, then you have the ability clone fixtures[...]
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[...]
Episode 4 – How Do I Make an Even Wash of Light Across My Stage?
Welcome back to the 4th episode of The Learn Stage Lighting Podcast, we are so happy to have you here.[...]
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[...]
Episode 3 – Where Should I Position My Stage Lights?
In this 3rd Episode, David Henry discusses where to position your stage lights. Most of the time, people have already[...]
Episode 2 – How Do I Control My Stage Lights? (and Why Is a Console So Critically Important?)
Welcome to Learn Stage Lighting Podcast. This is the 2nd Episode by David Henry as he gets you started on[...]
Episode 1 – What Are The Parts of a Stage Lighting System? – Learn Stage Lighting
Welcome to the Learn Stage Lighting Podcast! In this debut episode, host David Henry walks you through the very basics[...]
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[...]
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,[...]
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 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[...]
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[...]
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 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[...]
What Do I Need to Get Started With DJ Lighting? 3 Lighting Setups That Won’t Break The Bank!
Deciding what DJ lighting gear to buy next has got to be one of the most confusing things ever. You're[...]
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 Do I Create Great Church Lighting with NO Money?
Ever built a lighting design completely out of "no money"? If you've been working in the church for any amount[...]
Band Lighting Walk Through – How to Create a Basic Show that Looks Awesome!
Creating a great lighting show for your band isn't always easy. You've got to figure out what to buy, how[...]
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[...]
Lighting My First Bands with DMXIS Lighting Software
It’s been an interesting six months. I joined Learn Stage Lighting Labs in March, having never even heard the term[...]
How to Go from No Lights to a Dynamic Band Lighting Show in Just 6 Weeks
Back in February of this year, I got a virtual knock on my door from a nice fellow named Pete,[...]
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[...]
Church Question: Does my Church Need Colored Lights?
"...But all big stages all have colored lights", said the worship pastor of the small church. "So we must need[...]
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[...]
6 Ways to Speed Up Your Portable Church Setup Time
A couple years ago I was attending a portable church that met in a middle school close to where I[...]
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[...]
LXQ: How Can I Get a Rock Concert Feel From My Small Lighting Rig?
Question: Emil wrote in with a great question about concert lighting. He writes: Dear David, I am very intrigued by[...]
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 Do I Create Good Front Lighting for My Church’s Stage?
Ever been to a performance or church service where it was difficult to see the person on stage? Front light[...]
How Do I Organize My Band’s Lighting For Quick Setup?
As the old adage goes, "Time is Money", and this can't be more true when you're setting up your band's[...]
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[...]
How Do I Choose a Contractor for My Church’s AVL System?
Do you want to save $50,000 today? The single biggest decision you're going to make for your church's audio, video[...]
How to Create Movement and Energy in Your DJ Lighting…
...Without using sound active mode! Whether you're new to DJ lighting, or have been in the biz for awhile, you[...]
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,[...]
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[...]
Band Lighting: The Resources to Create an Amazing Show
Congratulations - you've found it! If you are looking to take your band's lighting to the next level, or just[...]
Controlling the Mood of the Room – Interview With Steve Mashburn
Today I am really excited to share with you an interview with Steve Mashburn - a reader of this website.[...]
Light Inspiration – Lighting Designs from the LSL Community!
Some of the most inspiring emails I find in my inbox come straight from you guys! I love to read[...]
Starting From Scratch – How to Start a Lighting Rig on the Cheap!
One of the things that I really love about the community that we have, is that you guys often write[...]
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[...]
Your Lighting Shown – August 2014 – Pictures and Inspiration from the LSL Tribe!
Every month, I am inspired greatly by the photos that you send in! This month is no different, and I[...]
Get Inspired By What’s Around You – Nook Schoenfeld Interview
Whether you are just starting out, experienced or a lighting expert, today's interview has incredible value for you. Today I[...]
Your Lighting Shown – Pictures and Inspiration from the LSL Tribe!
Every month, I am inspired greatly by the photos that you send in! This month is no exception - on[...]
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. Good[...]
Check Out YOUR Pictures – Stage Lighting from The LSL Tribe
Good day lighting fans! As you may have noticed lately, I've been asking (bugging, bothering) the folks on our email[...]
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[...]
Say Goodbye to Light Noise – DJ Lighting Interview With Steve Johnson
Today I am really excited to share with you a short interview I had over email with Steve Johnson, a[...]
LXQ: Easy & Inexpensive Environmental Lighting For a Portable Church
Lighting Questions are sent in from readers of our FREE email newsletter, or via our contact page. With the permission of the[...]
Videos – Jam Band Lighting How To – You Will Learn Something Today!
Today I want to introduce you to some really great tutorials on band lighting that I was introduced to by[...]
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 Data Connectors & Plugs
In the last post, I wrote about the common power connectors and plugs the stage lighting. If you haven't already[...]
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[...]
5 Actionable Tips to Use TODAY When Planning Your Christmas Event
Want to make your Christmas events rock this year? Have you ever been at your church or venue until 2am[...]
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 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[...]
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 Stage Lighting Fixtures Promise The Most Longevity?
When churches talk about installing new stage lighting, one of the chief concerns from the executive pastor is almost always[...]
5 Basic Things You Need to Know About Moving Light Consoles
I have been accused of being "old school" in the past. True, I was the only guy in my lighting[...]
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[...]
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[...]
3 Reasons Why LTP Rules, Even For Conventional Lights
Back Here, I talked about the differences between HTP and LTP, and why it's important. I remember, not all that[...]
How do I Tape Down a Cable? – The Complete Guide to Taping Down Cables
When it comes down to it, we run a lot of cables in the world of lighting. Data one way,[...]
What Do I Need To Know About Software Based Lighting Consoles?
I have walked into countless churches, theaters and other venues, and seen about every type of lighting console in just about any[...]
How do I Create an Awesome, Even Wash of Stage Light?
You've got lights, dimmers and a console all setup and working, but when you turn everything on you've got huge[...]
What are the Basic Parts of a Stage Lighting System?
A large, massive lighting show takes up a whole arena, bathing an artist or speaker in vibrant light. A corporate[...]