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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 M-PC
Elation's M-PC 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[...]
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 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[...]
How Do I Control Pixels with ENTTEC’s Pixelator System?
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[...]
Edisode 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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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 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[...]
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, we offer free live training webinars once a month or so.  Check them out and[...]
How Do I Begin With M-PC?
M-PC is a professional-grade lighting console just waiting to be unleashed on your computer! It allows you to control any[...]
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?[...]
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[...]
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 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[...]
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 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 -[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Can You Use Microphone Cables for Lighting? DMX Vs. XLR Demystified
There is significant debate raging in the world of DMX cables. Some people are purists and claim that nothing besides[...]
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.[...]
Learn Stage Lighting in 2015
What to Expect, and What to Get Excited About in 2015 Hey Guys, I am really excited for 2015 in[...]
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[...]
LXQ: Remodeling Church & Need Lighting Advice
Lighting Questions are sent in from readers of our FREE email newsletter, or via our contact page.  With the permission of[...]
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.  And...as 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[...]
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.[...]
How do I Build a Basic Band Lighting Rig?
When you're first beginning with band lighting, it's really difficult to know what you should buy. "Company A" has these[...]
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[...]
The End of Dimmers?
I recently saw the most recent Brad Paisley touring rig and was surprised to see that there were no conventional[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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
Welcome to LearnStageLighting.com. My goal is to educate you some basic, intermediate and advanced skills within the topic of stage[...]
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