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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[...]
Can You Use Microphone Cables for Lighting? DMX Vs. XLR Demystified
There is a significant debate raging in the world of DMX cables. Some people are purists and claim that nothing[...]
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[...]
ShowCockpit is a program that allows you to use various control types to control different lighting consoles. It's basically an[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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 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 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 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[...]
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[...]