Lighting is simply higher-frequency wavelengths that are received and interpreted by our eyes. The waves can be chaotic or ordered, random or thoughtful. And with creative forethought, those wavelengths and their combinations can be creatively arranged to enhance moods. The performance of light, just like music and sound, can be an art form. The light can support:
- Lights allow us to see
- Lights allow us to create a mood or craft an atmosphere.
- Lights need to enhance and balance all the components of a stage performance. Where is the focus on the stage? What should be highlighted? What should be de-emphasized? Consider all the pieces and their priorities when creating a composition and painting the area with light.
- Lights can create plausibility or reality to draw an audience into a time period
- Lights can reinforce the mood or action of a performance. Lighting can elevate the performance through the use of color, angles, intensity, and effects.
The lighting system includes the basic lights such as
- Ellipsoidal Reflector Spotlight (ERS), is a light used to highlight certain subjects or stage pieces with a relatively narrow beam angle.
- PAR – Short for parabolic reflectors, these are lights used as wash fixtures.
- Fresnel have a zoom function but not a focus and usually cast a much “softer” light.
- Moving head – These fixtures come in a variety of different flavors, such as a spot, wash, beam, and hybrid. Each of these names refers to the beam angle range of the fixture. Beam is the narrowest, spot is a little wider, wash is the widest, and hybrid could be any combination of those three.
The lighting designer will combine, install these lights to be suitable with each professional show.
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