The Battle Lighting Guys Vs Sound guys

Why do lighting guys and sound guys always fight and put the other down? Basically its ego and jealousy. For the sound guy it is the lighting guy is always in his way. First truck to get into the dock and huge truss are just often in the way. Then there is the Lighting guys ego. The Lighting guy often feels he is a little closer to God because of his power over the darkness. With statements like

“Let there be light, and In the beginning..from there I am sure the day gets better and better for the sound guy who has to stomach comments.  

Lighting guys always includes cute statements on there emails and business cards.

While sound guys are much more concerned with the room The lighting guys care more a what is going on behind the mic’s often its just simple beamage they are looking at. While I love running a console I am at heart a Lighting girl through and through. I still can feel sorry for the sound guy who has to put up with our egos.  Sadly today’s technology has taken away the victory of the hunt the love for the live action I have for the Concert Lighting. Now the Lighting designer sits in a room and programs the “Tour”. Once it is on the road the Lighting operator is a mere button pusher. If you have ever ran a console it is like a life size video game. You can sit off stage and play with the band. So often they would give me hand signals making me part of the show. Later they would come tell me how much fun they had on stage while I was running the show for them. It’s all ego, the most exciting feeling I have every had. I know that at the end of a well planned show I could conspire to have the crowded worked into a frenzy and on their feet. The love of the art run deep in the heart of a creative soul. I loved it and Lived it. But in today’s high tech world you need no talent to push a button. After 9 years I had to decide if I wanted to just get by doing what I loved or if I would chance to excel at what I do. With great passion for my art I had the drive and made the opportunity to exceed. It is not a given it is a daily fight for the opportunity to do what I love.

So if you are a sound man I swear I will give you Credit. You are the important part of the show. Because with out the sound we would be just all standing watching lights flashing. Thank you for all that you do.


The Led effect

I have become increasingly frustrated at the new LED fixtures. Their limitations exhaust me. My clients ask for them, but do they know that for years I was creating better events with the stage lighting fixtures?. The lighting was dramatic with beams and shadows. Leds lighting for me, is like putting colored florescent light bulbs in your household fixtures. Yes everything turns a color but it is the same color and the food is the same color and the peoples skin. And all the money you spent on table cloths and flowers has gone to waste because they are all the color of the walls. I see this in picture after picture. later I will talk about ways to fix this problem but now I want to reference a quote…

This is a Quote from The famous Event Planner David Beahm.


I almost forgot! While I’m on my soap box: there seems to be a rather annoying trend on the elegant/professional lighting landscape – the L.E.D. lighting fixture.
L.E.D.s are inexpensive to purchase, are extremely versatile because they can blast myriad of colors with the push of a button and (in many cases) require only a battery, thereby doing away with the need for miles of wiring. Suddenly, every company with a little spare change in their pocket could purchase them and has been saying, “we can provide your lighting for you.” I’m here to tell you, no. They cannot.
For years, professional lighting designers were able to create elegant spaces with the use of incandescent lighting. Event/temporary lighting brought about the need that things become more portable and easier to use, thus L.E.D.s have been employed to make life easier for lighting companies, shortening installation times and reducing bottom lines immeasurably.
However, what few have taken into consideration with L.E.D. lighting is that it is harsh. Really REALLY harsh. It makes your eyes strobe. It does not blend elegantly with conventional incandescent lighting. To put it plainly: it makes the human skin look horrible. Personally, I believe one of the major functions of lighting is to make every person at the event feel that they look fabulous. If you are looking at your wife who is green or blue and the color temperature of the lighting has turned her beautiful “Jungle Red” lipstick into “Cadaver Black” (yes, lighting, especially L.E.D.s, changes the way we perceive color); you’re just not going to forget that. Changing technology has improved the type of light produced by modern L.E.D. fixtures, but they’re just not there yet.
So, just like everything else that you purchase – buyer beware! L.E.D.s are wonderful to light architecture and give a colorful background to an inanimate subject, but make sure that you’ve hired a lighting designer who understands their limitations and how to make everyone and everything look beautiful. A bargain lighting company is probably going to give you a truly “unforgettable” look … don’t say I didn’t warn you.” David Beahm.

I can not tell you how happy I was to read that. I have been Lighting since 1977 in high school all through college and still to this day. A true designer is only as good as the tools that he or she works with. I have some tricks and I know a lot about light, what it will and will not do. Here is how to fix the problem. Pinspot the money. What elements cost the most in the room? The cake mega dollars and those flowers must be lit. I light them every chance I can for weddings and I like to do it with flair. I love to pattern up the room with designs. I was told by an artist that you eye needs to see white every once in a white to see true color.  I believe this. It is like being in a red room or blue. After awhile your eyes adjust and the color of things just look odd. The following picture is how I stopped the Led effect. Know that the photo was taken with my phone and not a true quality picture.