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Jan 29

My First Post

The semester started last week so I have just began my independent study. I have mainly started with doing research in the book A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting by Steven Louis Shelley. I have started to learn about backlight which is a type of light that comes from behind the object being lite.

There are a few different kinds of backlight including straight backlight, diagonal blacklight ( equidistant and pipe ends), fan backlight and fan cross backlight. These kinds are determined by where the light is hung and the angle of the light.

There are a lot of things to consider when picking what kind of light and where to hang it. Each light has different field diameters, distances and illumination based on what type it is and how its hung. Lights must be hung in a way so there is a single wash zone. That can be created by making sure the edge of the second beam hits the middle of the first beam. The wider the field diameter the less lights need to be used to cover the stage which makes it easier to hang and focus.

This is just the beginning of what I am learn, and I will continue to share it with you as I learn more.

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