Every lighting designer aspires to provide excellent lighting for the theater going public. The degree to which they accomplish this varies based on experience and education. However, the wise lighting designer knows that learning to do so is a never-ending journey. After all, one should always strive for perfection even if he/she knows that it can never be reached. He or she also knows that poor lighting can ruin an otherwise wonderful production. Here are 5 common mistakes made by rookie lighting designers.
- Writing too many light cues: Too many light cues can cause the theatergoer to become distracted and thus diverted away from the main story. Be selective in how often you choose to use light as a cue to characters, settings, etc. Use only enough lighting cues that are necessary to tell the story.
- Eyesore color flashes: Along with too many light cues are inappropriately intense light bursts. The audience can become overwhelmed by bright lights stabbing at them intermittently. This too can not only be a distraction, it can also be painful for theater patrons to endure.
- Exceeding Your Limitations: Be sure to know what your limitations are in terms of time, budget, equipment and labor. This will give you a better chance of being able to meet the needs of the production.
- Bad budgeting: Lighting designers who underestimate their budget can negatively affect the overall stage production. When it comes to producing perfect lighting for your event, you should budget everything as carefully as possible. Moreover, once your budget has been determined you should buy or rent the best equipment available. Our Strand dimmer packs can be rented or purchased. Moreover, we also provide Strand dimmer repair.
- Using Over-Saturated Colors: The proper use of color is critical to stage lighting. However, over-saturating the audience with too much color can cause the actor’s features to become difficult to distinguish.
Finally, it all comes down to careful preparation. Moreover, if you are a rookie use the skills you have been taught but also be open to suggestions by people who have been in the business for some time. By keeping errors to a minimum, you will increase the enjoyment of the theater going public and at the same time experience a sense of professional satisfaction.