DJ Lighting Help – Train Wrecking a Light Show

February 12, 2018 by Brian S. Redd

Hey, guys. What’s up? It’s kind of a cool light show we got going on here. You got a table like a DJ would have. You’ve got some Inno Pocket Scans and some Inno Pocket fusions going on. I’m going to turn some music on and we’re going to go ahead and check this out, see what it looks like in sound active. That’s a pretty cool light show. A lot is happening, but it looks good. We got some atmosphere going on. We were able to use fog at this gig, but it looks good.

Now, just for fun, let’s turn off the fusions and just rock the scans for a minute. I like that when it gets dramatic. Not too much going on, but the [inaudible] of the light is cool. Just needs two spots going in the air for the scanners. I think it’s cool. We can ultimately turn off the scans and just rock the fusions. That’s also a cool look. We can see the effect going through the air as an area.

Okay. Now, let’s add some of that hip line truck lighting I was talking about in a video a few days ago where it just looks like a truck’s coming at you. We’re going to watch the dance floor straight on with some bars.

All right. You already see it. With all the fog in the air and all of the cool aerial effects we had going on, we can’t see them anymore because the spot has drowned them out. They’re using too much lighting in this case at once. You either use wash or you use aerial. If you use both at the same time, sometimes if you do it wrong, you end up cancelling out effects. You can still kind of see the aerial stuff, but it’s not nearly as dramatic. So let’s try something a little different. Let’s point the fixtures up and see if that helps out see our aerial effect a little better.

It helps a little bit, but I’m still not happy with it. We should be able to see this aerial effect much better. So what can you do? Let’s try putting the lights on the ground and shooting them up and see what happens. It helped our situation a little bit, but once again, I’m not seeing the drama in my aerial effects. So it’s my opinion that when you’re running an aerial effect, turn off your wash. Let that aerial effect be seen because it’s cool.

So check this out. Before. And after. You tell me what looks cooler.

So that’s just a quick video for you just to show you how you can really screw up in effect by using too many lights at once. It’s totally cool to wash. It’s totally cool to do something like this where you’ve got all these aerial effects going on. But if you do both at the same time, you end up cancelling out your effects and nothing looks cool. Your wash doesn’t look cool and your aerial doesn’t look cool.

I hope that helps somebody. This is part of those lighting help videos that I was trying to put out there for those of you who are making this mistake and I wanted to show you what it looks like from the dance floor’s perspective.

I hope you enjoyed it. I hope it helps somebody. Practice, and enjoy.


Brian S. Redd Brian S. Redd (56 Posts)

Although he can be seen Djing in places like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, or even the UK & Europe, DJ Brian Redd is proud to call Milwaukee home. Brian specializes in mobile events such as wedding receptions, corporate events, quinceañeras, parties and special occasions. He has also been a resident DJ at several major Milwaukee night clubs and also performs at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival. From the beginning Brian has had a passion for music. His talent emerged at the young age of 13 when he was asked to DJ at a local skating rink. After realizing his calling he progressed on to weddings and mobile gigs and by age 18 he was DJing regularly at nightclubs. He understands people & what motivates them music wise, which helps keep them on the dance floor. Brian has been recognized for his work in various DJ publications both domestic and abroad. He has made a name for himself in the DJ community where he is known and respected as an industry consultant. This recognition has led to his contributions as a writer for Disc Jockey News. A true international DJ, Brian travels worldwide to not only perform but to educate and share industry ideas and concepts with DJs everywhere. His career has gone to the next level working with industry leading manufactures bringing new products and services to his peers helping them become better DJs.

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