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Archive for April 5, 2011

Tech Tuesday: Lighting

My original idea for today’s Tech Tuesday was tohave everyone meet Dean, but since that didn’t work out, I went into the theatre to see what I could find.

When you first walk into the main theatre, you’re walking right under the control booth, and these bad boys.

Those lights are what make up the spotlights. It’s helpful during plays or band performances when we want to highlight a bunch of people and not just one person.

I tried to get shots of the banks of lights in the theatre, but the house lights can be a bit tricky, and I couldn’t find Bill to help me. There are banks of lights on the far left and right of the stage, as well as in rows throughout the theatre. 

See the dark row? That’s all lights that Bill can use to manipulate how the stage looks. From different colors that match the mood of the music, to highlighting different parts of the stage, to creating depth and shadows that make the stage look larger than it is, there’s a reason “lights” comes first in “lights, camera, action”.

(P.S. Mission for next week: Hunt down Dean. Don’t take no for an answer. Bribe with cookies if needed)
(P.P.S. Empty theatres still creep me out)