Stage lighting Tips and Tricks

What is stage lighting and why is it very important?

Stage lighting makes a performance on stage come alive. Without it, the performance area would become dull and lifeless. Stage performances such as theatre, concerts, operas, musical, and dramas need it so much.

In this article, you will have a full understanding of the tips and tricks of stage lighting from DPLX the lighting experts.

There are basically 2 general purposes of lighting

  1. Accenting

This basically puts emphasis on a particular spot. The concept is to make an area brighter than the other so the audience will know where to focus their attention especially during drama and theater. Like for example, the scenario is in a crowd like say in a market and then there is one actress delivering her script, then, the light is needed to highlight the area dimming the other parts of the stage. Thru this, the eyes of all the audience will focus on her.


  1. Washes

Washes are supporting lights to the areas where the main light could not reach. This gives and colour of the performance area. If the stage is quite big then your main light could not cover all areas, then washes should be available to fill in the shadows. Washed are soft lights. They make use of directional beam light.


There are also 3 tips for you to learn in order to maximize your lighting success:


  1. Study the play or the performance

Your lighting crew does not deliver scripts but it does not mean that they should not be familiarized with the flow of the play. Lighting brings the story to life thus, they should know when the light should be dim, to be soft, when to accent, which part of the stage to highlight etc. The concept of the scene is necessary to be studied or else you will go wrong with the light you are going to have in every scene.


  1. Learn and master your equipment

There are so many lighting systems and controls existing nowadays and of course, they have different buttons and features. If you will not be able to know them, then you might fail in giving the stage performance the best lighting effect that it needs.


  1. Use different and appropriate colours to set the mood

Again, the light is the key to add greater impact to the whole play. Without it, the performance done could be dull and lifeless. Coloured lighting on the stage brings life and sets the overall mood of the performance. Hence, it is really good to experiment and study all the colours of the stage lights. Each colour in the spectrum represents emotions. Like for example, red could be associated with passion and love. Study what those colours represent and make sure that the colour you choose is appropriate to the scene. In addition to this, you also need to complement the lights you are using, you should make use with the patterns to enhance the set. Gobos could make patterns that represent something. Also, you can make use with coloured gels. It could be helpful to you.