Like sound waves, which our ears hear, light is merely higher-frequency wavelengths detected and perceived to our senses. Like audio, light waves may be chaotic, random, or even thoughtful. The wavelengths and combinations can be imaginatively designed to improve the mood of your event with a bit of imagination.
The display of light like the sound and music is an art. However, before you rise to the next level of artistic expression, you must master stage lighting fundamentals. In the same way that musicians need to learn the scales and rhythms, mastering the art of Lighting requires understanding the lighting equipment and its functions.
To set up the best stage lighting to enhance performance, let’s start with lighting design basics.
The necessity of Lighting at an event
Lights allow us to see. Have you ever seen an event or performance in a cave devoid of lights? No, of course, you haven’t. Visible wavelengths of light are necessary for us to be able to see.
Lighting, particularly stage lights, help us to create a mood for a performance or concert. It’s an artistic process that excitingly delivers performance.
Stage Lighting Colours and Textures
With the tools of colour and texture at their disposal, lighting designers can heavily influence the visuals and atmosphere. In many cases, lighting and audio visual technicians change the colour of the lights to match the performance. They can even layer or combine to create colour variations. In using different coloured lights to illuminate a scene, lighting designers may take one of these approaches:
Dividing the Stage
The next step is to understand how lighting designers plan the stage Lighting for an event. This involved process starts with reading the script and extends to the live performance. After familiarising themselves with the show — in terms of the characters, plot, and set onstage — a lighting designer can begin to develop a plan.
This plan will divide the Stage into areas that require independent lighting control. For productions that use the whole Stage for most scenes, the lighting designer will designate general evenly divided segments across the Stage.
After the designer divides the Stage by area, they will think about each area’s colour. Do certain areas need to have their controllable variations in colour? It doesn’t matter if it’s music, a story, or an intense staging – good Lighting can enhance the performance by enhancing the colour, angle, intensity and effects.
Setting up the Stage Lights
The final step is installing light fixtures. A trusted professional with the necessary equipment and expertise hang stage lights using lighting clamps, and installers will attach the equipment to a steel pipe or truss.
The positioning of lights depends on how the designer has segmented the Stage and the stage lighting angles they want to achieve. Once the Stage is set, the performance is about to begin!
The stage lighting can create the illusion of reality or even draw the audience into a certain time and place, out of the auditorium or hall, where they reside. We hope this blog has provided you with some insights into how important Stage Lighting is for set design.
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