Chapter 24

Automated Lighting Applications

Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.—George Eastman

When automated lighting became widely available in the 1980s, some people thought it was a novelty that wouldn’t last; others thought it would eventually replace conventional lighting. But throughout the history of theatrical lighting, rarely has any single technology totally replaced another. Instead, the lighting designer’s toolbox grows as a result of the introduction of new technology. Such is the case with automated lighting.

Most lighting rigs today make use of both conventional and automated lighting. The ratio of conventional ...

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