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Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving Light in Theatre, Live Performance, Broadcast, and Entertainment by Richard Cadena

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Chapter 27

Design Issues

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.—Christopher Columbus

Automated lighting has a certain appeal; its robotic movements and projection changing, color changing, and effects capabilities are irresistible to many lighting designers. Having all that power available at the tips of your fingers can be both exhilarating and overwhelming all at once. Even so, it is not a panacea for all issues in lighting design, nor does every situation call for every effect known to lighting. There are many pitfalls and situations to be avoided when working with automated lighting. There are also many good ways to use its power to maximum benefit.

Movement

One of the most common pitfalls of automated lighting is having ...

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