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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[...]
5 Ways To Make Your Live Stream Video Look Great
In this 2 part video series, we're teaming up with Ballast Mediato discuss 5 ways to make your live stream[...]
Interview with Kevin Ward
This week on the Podcast we have a special treat! We're talking with Kevin Ward who originally started out as[...]
Eurolite Bigfoot: First Impressions
There’s very little info around about the Eurolite Bigfoot DMX controller, so I thought I’d post a few first impressions[...]
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[...]
D-Pro, Timecode, DMXIS and More!
This week on the Podcast we have our Q+A Tuesday! Join us as we take questions from listeners just like[...]
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[...]
4 Things I Wish I Knew Before Using ENTTEC D-Pro
There are a lot of PC based lighting consoles available. Some are great and others, not so much. But one[...]
Episode 55 – Free Q+A Tuesday!
This week on the Podcast we have our Q+A Tuesday! Join us as we take questions from listeners just like[...]
Episode 54 – How Do I Run My Lighting From Stage?
This week on the Podcast we're going to discuss ways that you can run lighting from the stage. Sometimes, there[...]
5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Using ENTTEC DMXIS
Here at Learn Stage Lighting I've mentioned and worked with ENTTEC DMXIS very often. It's a great program for those[...]
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[...]
Episode 53 – Free Q+A Tuesday!
This week on the Podcast we have our Free Q+A Tuesday! These are questions sent to me from Listeners just like[...]
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[...]
Episode 51 – Free Q+A Tuesday!
This week on the Podcast we have our Free Q+A Tuesday! I'll take questions from other listeners and help guide them through[...]
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 50 – How Bright Does My Light Need to Be?
This week in the Podcast we're going to revisit one of the most listened to Episodes of Learn Stage Lighting Podcast.[...]
Why Does My Lighting Look Orange On Camera?
When working with lighting and video you'll find that it can be very tricky to not get everything to look[...]
Episode 49 – Free Q+A Tuesday!
This week on the Podcast we are continuing the Free Q+A Tuesday from last week's show and answering questions from[...]
How to Wire DMX for Stage Lighting
For beginners in stage lighting, one of the ideas that can be baffling is how to wire up all of[...]
Episode 48 – Free Q+A Tuesday!
Welcome, 2019 and Happy New Year! I am so excited to get started with the new year. In this week's episode,[...]
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 Many Colors can an LED really make?
Today, I am going to share how many colors can an LED really make. There's a lot of myths out[...]
What Lighting Console Should I Buy?
If you been around for a while it's very obvious that I really like Lighting Consoles. Why is this? The[...]
How Do I Control Pixels With ENTTEC’s ELM?
Perhaps you have heard of ENTTEC's ELM. What is it exactly? ENTTEC ELM is basically a Media Server. It's a[...]
Episode 46 – Free Q+A Tuesday!
In this week's episode, we dive into the Mailbag for the Free Q & A Tuesday! This is where I[...]
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 Control DMX Lights?
Do you have DMX Lights but don't know how to control them? Sure you can set the lights on Sound[...]
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[...]
What DMX Mode Should I Put My Lights In?
Whether you're working with LED's or moving-head lights, at some point you have to decide which mode you're going to run[...]
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[...]
Episode 44 – Free Q+A Tuesday!
In this week's episode, we dive into the Mailbag for the Free Q & A Tuesday! This is where I[...]
How Can A DMX Splitter Save You Time and Money?
One of the most common questions I get is "Do I Need a DMX Splitter"? And while I'd like to[...]
Episode 43 – Planning Your Big Event (Pt 2)
This week on the podcast we're diving in for the second half of our series on Planning Your Big Event.[...]
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 Do I Setup My First sACN or Art-Net Device?
When looking to set up your first devices, networking can be a challenge when first starting out. In this post,[...]
Episode 42 – Free Q+A Tuesday!
In this week's episode, we dive into the Mailbag for the Free Q & A Tuesday! This is where I[...]
What Software Should I Use to Control LED Pixels?
When it comes to working with individual LED pixels, pixel tape or some other pixel products, the first step is[...]
Episode 041 – Planning Your Big Event (Pt 1)
This week on the Podcast we are going to review the steps of Planning Your Big Event. While this will[...]
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 40 – Free Q+A Tuesday!
In this week's episode, we dive into the Mailbag for the Free Q & A Tuesday! This is where I[...]
What Angles are Best for Stage Lighting?
Go to any theatre, large church, or other entertainment event space, and you'll see lights mounted everywhere, all pointing at[...]
How to Get Started With DJ Lighting in No Time
As a DJ, one of the most important factors to having a great show is getting and keeping the attention[...]
Episode 39 – How Do You Create A “Show Network”
In this week's Episode we discuss the Basic Overview of creating a Show Network. I'll go over the basics of[...]
Episode 38 – Free Q+A Tuesday!
In this week's episode, we dive into the Mailbag for the Free Q & A Tuesday! This is where I[...]
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 36 – Free Q+A Tuesday
In this week's episode, we dive into the Mailbag for the Free Q & A Tuesday! This is where I[...]
My Favorite Flashlights for Lighting (and WHY)
Every day I try to provide helpful tips when it's come to lighting and the equipment that I use every[...]
Episode 35 – Lighting for Video (Part 2)
In this week's episode, we continue with our Lighting for Video Series. If you haven't already, check out Lighting for Video[...]
Onyx Video Training Tutorials
Want to learn Onyx, but don't know where to begin?  Here, I've put together my best Onyx video resources in[...]
Episode 34 – Free Q+A Tuesday
In this week's episode, we dive into the Mailbag for the Free Q & A Tuesday! This is where I[...]
Episode 33 – Lighting for Video (Part 1)
This week's Episode I'm excited to dive in and discuss Lighting for a Video. I'll break down the meanings of[...]
Band Lighting Gear – What Do I Need?
When you're first beginning with band lighting, it's really difficult to know what you should buy to make a great[...]
Episode 32 – Free Q+A Tuesday
In this week's Episode, we're doing something a little different. As the Podcast gets bigger I am getting more and[...]
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[...]
How Do I Begin With Onyx?
Here on Learn Stage Lighting, it is my goal to feature and teach the very best in lighting consoles and[...]
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 27 – How Do I Program Moving Lights?
This week on Episode 27 we dive in on how to program Moving Lights. So much has changed since I[...]
Episode 26 – Using and Creating Your First FX
This week's Podcast we dive into how to set up and create effects in your lighting! This basic framework will[...]
How Do I Begin Lighting My First Theatre Show?
One of the things I love about the theatre is that it's one of the most intentional forms of lighting.[...]
Episode 25 – How to Use Beam in your Lighting
This week's Podcast we will be tying up the 4 Week Series on the IFCB Concept. We will dive in[...]
What is HTP? What is LTP? Why Should I Care?
Imagine this...You sit down at your lighting console and start bringing up various looks on stage and recording the scenes[...]
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 23 – How Do I Use Focus in my Lighting?
Main Segment The past couple of weeks we have been covering the 4 Letter Formula to Make Great Lighting Design:[...]
How to Begin With the LightShark
I had the opportunity to work with LightShark and created videos on how the LightShark LS-1 and LS-Core work. In[...]
How Can I Control Lighting From My Mac?
We see posts on a weekly basis in the forums and on Facebook groups where people will ask what lighting[...]
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[...]
What is the Lightshark?
If you have been following Learn Stage Lighting for a while now you know that at times I will review[...]
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[...]
Programming: How to Set Up Your Cues for Success!
Whether you've got a simple console or something complex, learning how to lay out your lighting looks into something useful[...]
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 16 – How Bright Does My Light Need to Be?
This week, we're going to dive in to "how bright does your light actually need to be?"  But first: Lighting News This[...]
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[...]
How to Connect The Capture Visualizer with DMXIS
I often get the question of "How Do You Use a Visualizer with DMXIS?" or other consoles that do not[...]
How Do I Begin with Set Design for My Band?
If there's one way to really up your band's lighting game, it's this... Set design is by far the the[...]
How to Run Lights Live to Music
Are you ready to take on your first project of running lights for a live band? It doesn’t have to[...]
Episode 10 – How Do I Solve DMX Problems?
Today, this podcast is going to be a change in how David does things. He is introducing a new segment on[...]
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[...]
The Complete Guide to Spot Fixtures
We started off our guide to basic lighting fixtures with the wash fixtures. Today we will overview spot fixtures or[...]
How Do I Setup My First Lighting Network?
Whether you like it or not, networking is quickly becoming a necessary part of stage lighting. While you still can[...]
The Complete Guide to Wash Fixtures
Today, I want to take you on a tour through the different types of lighting fixtures that you may encounter.[...]
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[...]
The Complete Guide to Beam Fixtures
Want a huge beam of light that zooms across the sky? Stepping back into history, the first way to accomplish[...]
Episode 8 – How Do I Wire DMX?
In this podcast, David is excited to talk about wiring DMX! How do you make it all talk together?  The[...]
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[...]
How Do I Run DMX Over “Ethernet” Cable?
DMX, the signal we use to talk to our stage lights, requires the use of DMX cable so that everything[...]
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[...]
Episode 6 – Let’s Talk About DMX Addresses!
This is Episode 6 in the series about Stage Lighting. David is going to talk about Mail - Not mail that[...]
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 5 – What is DMX?
In today's Podcast David talks about DMX or Digital Multi-Plex. It is a digital signal, a serial type signal and[...]
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[...]
Review – ENTTEC Pixel Port
ENTTEC has a new way to get control of LED pixels - and it's easier than ever! A few months[...]
Review: City Theatrical DMXCat
Want a DMX test device and so much more - all from the palm of your hand? For years, having[...]
How Do LEDs Save Money?
I remember the day I first worked with LED stage lighting. Back in the time frame of the mid-2000's, I[...]
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,[...]
Review: Chauvet DMX-AN
Part of my commitment to you, the Learn Stage Lighting reader, is that I am always on the lookout for[...]
Review: ENTTEC D-Split
The has been one of my favorite DMX splitters for a few years now.  Whether you're looking to simply your cabling,[...]
How Do I Begin with ENTTEC D-Pro?
If you're looking for a lighting console that a) isn't going to break the bank, b) isn't too basic, but[...]
What is DMX 512?
When you're beginning with lighting, it's not going to be long before you have questions about DMX. In lighting, DMX[...]
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[...]
What is RDM and Why Does It Matter to Me?
If you've been working with lighting for a while, you might be aware of the term RDM, or remote device management. [...]
What are Art-Net and sACN?
Running DMX signal over ethernet is something that we are going to see more and more of as we move[...]
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[...]
When Should I Use Color on My Stage?
Color is probably the most powerful single tool that we have in our toolbelts as lighting folks. Whether on the[...]
So You Want A Lighting Visualizer…
Visualizing your lighting on the computer is one of the very best ways to waste a solid afternoon.  🙂 Seriously,[...]
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[...]
What Lights Should I Buy?
When you write a website dedicated to teaching stage lighting, the most common question you get is "Should I buy[...]
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[...]
What is DMX Polarity and Why Do I Care?
Many entry level DMX consoles, such as the Chauvet Obey 40 and 70, have a curious little switch that is[...]
Review: M-Play Lighting Console and Wing
I recently had the opportunity to demo and review the brand-new M-Play for you guys. Check out the video review[...]
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[...]
My Introduction to Band Lighting
In the summer of 2015 I got a band together to play a theatrical set of rock songs about the[...]
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,[...]
Introduction to Jands Vista
I remember the first time that I sat down behind a Jands Vista when they first brought the console out[...]
Upcoming Webinar Trainings
Here on Learn Stage Lighting, I periodically offer free live training webinars.  Check them out and sign up below! Onyx[...]
How Do I Begin With M-PC?
M-PC is now Onyx - Learn more about Onyx here! M-PC is a professional-grade lighting console just waiting to be[...]
I Just Bought An ENTTEC DMX Interface – Now What?
One of the very best ways to begin controlling DMX lighting is with a ENTTEC USB interface and any number[...]
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 Lighting Q&A + Basic Gear
What Do You Need To Get Started With Stage Lighting At Your Church? Getting started with lighting can be difficult[...]
What Lighting Console is the Best?
And the best lighting console is... (Drumroll Please) (Crickets) Did you really think I was going to name just one?[...]
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[...]
Microplex to DMX – The Complete Guide
Say you have a DMX lighting system and want to use a microplex dimmer or console.  Can it be done?[...]
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[...]
How Do I Add Energy to My DJ Set With Lighting?
Nobody wants to be the DJ in a room of un-attentive people, with a completely empty dance floor... Of course[...]
What to Do When the Show Runs Off it’s Tracks
Picture this: You're running through your setlist, down the agenda, or through the service flow....things are going well.  You're hitting[...]
How to Choose a Lighting Console for Your Church
There are about 10,000 different lighting consoles available today. And about half of them are buying advertising to get you[...]
How to Begin With Lasers
Lasers are cool. Who doesn't want a pencil-thin beam of light scanning across the room to add to their show?[...]
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 Begin With The Chauvet Obey 40
The Chauvet Obey 40 is a really popular and basic DMX lighting console. If you've sat down at one, however,[...]
Review: M-Touch Lighting Console
Recently, I took the opportunity to do a full review of the lighting console which I recently purchased. I really[...]
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 Program My Band’s Lighting To Music?
If you want to create great lighting for your band, you've found that it can be difficult to get started.[...]
How to Begin With Wireless Uplights
I love wireless DMX and battery powered uplights. You can't argue with the fact that wireless uplights can save you[...]
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 Build (and Light) a Custom DJ Booth
Appearance is a big deal when you're a DJ. The second that guests walk into the room, they're going to[...]
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 Program With DMXIS
is one of the very best pieces of DMX software for bands wanting to run their own shows. But like[...]
How to Begin With Chauvet ShowXpress
When it comes to creating great lighting, the single most important tool you have besides yourself is your lighting console.[...]
How to Fix Broken DMX Cables
If you're like many folks doing lighting, and you setup and teardown your lights, cables are gonna break!  It's just[...]
Big Lighting Designs on a Small Budget
Let's not pretend here...we all have tight budgets, right? This is especially true in the church- the home of the[...]
How to Create Movement in Your Band’s Light Show
One of the best ways to really upgrade your lighting show is to add movement. The best part is -[...]
Rig Blueprint: Basic Drama Lighting Rig
I really love LED lighting. As we continue to move forward in time, LED lights just keep getting better and[...]
What is the “Standard” Lighting Design?
One of the questions that often hits my inbox starts like this: "What is the standard lighting design for a[...]
Where Do I Focus My Lights?
You may have just read the headline to this article and thought "duh!  At the stage!" as the answer to[...]
How Do I Focus Moving Lights?
Moving lights are wonderful tools that are becoming more and more commonplace in the lighting world every day.  The ability[...]
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 Do I Run My Show From Stage?
Picture this - you're in a band, and you want to have a killer light show every night, but you[...]
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[...]
Band Lighting – How To Light a Great Show
Picture this: You've just finished setting up your band's lighting rig.   Maybe you're in the band, the audio guy,[...]
How to Troubleshoot DMX Problems
One of the most crushing feelings you can when working with lighting comes when things don't work right.  The uncertainty[...]
How to Keep Your Lights Running in Tip-Top Shape
If you want your lights to live a nice, long, happy life, it's important to take great care of them.[...]
Don’t Despair! – How to Be Inspired In Lighting
If you're like many people who take up lighting as a hobby, you've probably spent a few hours looking at[...]
Uplighting 101
Want to learn about uplighting today?  In the video below, I share with you the basics of uplighting, so that[...]
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[...]
Starting in EDM Lighting with Dante Ison
Have you ever spent time behind a lighting desk for a club or rave?  I can tell you that it's[...]
EDM, Rave & Club Lighting 101
It's make or break time - you know you've got to make an impressive display, but you're not sure what[...]
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[...]
The Ultimate LED Stage Lighting Guide
The year 1961 brought the world the very first light emitting diode - what we now commonly call the LED.  While[...]
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[...]
LXQ: House and Stage Lighting on a Budget
Hey Lighting Fans - Today we've got another great installment of LXQ: Lighting Questions. Brian writes in with some ministry-related[...]
Fog and Foggers – The Ultimate Guide
Have you ever woken up, looked outdoors and seen beautiful, hanging fog with the sun streaming through? Perhaps you were[...]
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[...]
Video: Lighting and Visuals in Corporate Worship
Attention Church People! I recently ran across this really great video on Youtube that I think will be really interesting[...]
LXQ: Solo Concert Lighting Design Ideas
Lighting Questions are sent in from readers of our FREE email newsletter, or via our contact page.  With the permission of the[...]
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[...]
LXQ: How to Improve Our Setup With Color?
Lighting Questions are sent in from readers of our FREE email newsletter, or via our contact page.  With the permission of the[...]
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[...]
LXQ: How Do I Spec a Small Theatre Lighting Rig?
Lighting Questions are sent in from readers of our FREE email newsletter, or via our contact page.  With the permission of[...]
LED Efficacy and Why it Matters to You
Today's post, I'll admit, is on the geekier side of things, but still important.  It centers on the idea of[...]
LXQ: What Moving Heads For A Christian School?
Lighting Questions are sent in from readers of our FREE email newsletter, or via our contact page.  With the permission of[...]
Your 5 First Steps to Stage Lighting Success
Thanks to you, my readers, I get a lot of really helpful emails in my inbox sharing your current struggles[...]
Video: The Basics of DMX
I recently stumbled upon this really great video that breaks DMX down into simple, easy to understand language for anyone[...]
LXQ: Imported LED Fixtures and Their Mystique
Lighting Questions are sent in from readers of our FREE email newsletter, or via our contact page.  With the permission 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[...]
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[...]
How to Wrap Cables Properly (And Save Time!)
Do you ever come across poorly wrapped cables that just tangle and knot the second you go to use them?[...]
The Process: Lighting a Worship Service
It's 8:45am on a Sunday morning.  Coffee in hand, rehearsal over, it's almost time to start the first service.  As[...]
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 Content Would You Like to See on LSL?
Happy 4th of July, Learn Stage Lighting readers! I've got a favor to ask of each one of you.  Would[...]
Hazers – Oil or Water Based? – The Ultimate Guide
Let's just start off by acknowledging the elephant in the room. Haze is cool. Hazers are really cool.  If you[...]
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[...]
Event Lighting for Fun and Profit Pt.2
How to do Special Event Lighting For Your Church - Part 2 This is another post that gets me excited.[...]
NSI Lighting Controllers – The Complete Guide
If you've landed on this page, you probably have a NSI lighting controller. you look around for stage lighting[...]
NSI Dimmers – The Complete Guide
Do you have a NSI Microplex system?  Looking for a new NSI dimmer pack, or need to replace one that[...]
What Inexpensive Dimmer Pack Should I Buy?
Many churches are the proud owners of inexpensive dimmer packs to dim their incandescent stage lights.  These 4-channel units are[...]
How Do I Set Up My Console For Band Lighting?
Band Lighting Advanced:  Setting Up Your Console For Flexibility and Ease At this point in the game, we have lights[...]
God, the Ultimate LD
Right now I am sitting above the peace of a 6am Las Vegas sunrise, working a show here. Due to[...]
Event Lighting for Fun and Profit
How to do Special Event Lighting For Your Church - Part 1 This is a post that gets me really[...]
How do I Bolt Together Lighting Truss?
I remember my first job in lighting clearly. I was working as a tech/laborer for a small, rural lighting company[...]
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 are Fixture Numbers and Why Do I Need Them?
The first lesson I learned on a modern, moving light console was how to patch fixtures. The 2nd lesson I[...]
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[...]
What Are Stage Directions?
Whether you are working directly with musicians, setting up equipment, or planning your next staging design, clear communication is really[...]
How Can I Speed Up LED Programming?
Have you ever found the need to compress down the number of channels that your LED fixtures take up?  Maybe[...]
Is it True That I Shouldn’t Touch the Lamp?
If you work with churches, in theatre, or production, you've probably heard the rumor that you aren't supposed to touch[...]
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,[...]
How do I Setup a Portable Lighting System?
As I work and talk with people in the church world, I find a lot of churches that rent or[...]
How do I Light for Video?
I recently had a conversation with a coworker who had just returned from a 4-day conference gig run by some[...]
How do I Wrangle My Volunteers?
If you've been in church AV for any amount of time, you know that there are all types of volunteers-[...]
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[...]
What Are Cues and Cuelists?
Yesterday I told a story of a venue I worked at that had no ideas of the capabilities of their[...]
What are Submasters and Playbacks?
Sitting down over a meal with a venue owner, I was asked the question "Do we need a computer software[...]
Church Question – How Do I Buy Used Lighting?
A few months ago, I walked into a venue prior to load-in for the show I was traveling with. Looking[...]
How do I Program a Two-Scene Lighting Console?
A two-scene lighting console is a great way to learn the basics of stage lighting- it's just you, a handful[...]
How do I Hang a Light?
I often walk into churches where I either a) see something unsafe or b) go "what were they thinking?", when[...]
How Do I Address My DMX Dimmer Packs?
So you've decided to re-arrange your small lighting system, but now the numbering of the dimmer packs don't make sense.[...]
How do I Focus Lighting Specials?
In this post, we"focused" on creating an even wash of light - what I would call "the foundation of a[...]
What is an NSI Microplex Lighting System?
Today I just want to write a quick post outlining NSI Microplex- a popular type of lighting control that many[...]
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[...]
How do I Focus Stage Lighting?
Many churches have small, conventional lighting systems that are focused for a few positions around their stage.  When it's time[...]
What is a Lighting Console?
You walk into a room- lights are fading up and down, moving, colors and shapes are dancing on the walls.[...]
What is a Moving Light?
Go to any concert, corporate event, tradeshow, theme park...even churches and you'll see moving lights(ML's) gracefully coasting their beam across[...]
Can I Buy Cheap LED Lights?
LED lighting is all the rage today. I often speak with churches, bands and other venues who are looking into[...]
What Lighting Does my Church(Or Any Venue) Need?
So you want some lighting for your church? Perhaps you have used rented lighting for special events in the past,[...]
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[...]
What is Stage Lighting?
Stage lighting, in the obvious realm, is lighting that is on a stage.  Equipment, using electricity to create photons, illuminating[...]
Welcome to My goal is to educate you some basic, intermediate and advanced skills within the topic of stage[...]