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What Type of Moving Head Should I Buy? Spot, Wash, Beam, or Hybrid? With Guest Bob Mentele

Welcome to the podcast and episode 115. Today, we have a special guest Bob Mentele of Elation. Today, we’re going to discuss what type of moving head you should buy? Main Segment (0:10) David: As you might remember about 5 years ago we started hearing about hybrid lights and led to this question. How do […]


Should I Learn Multiple Lighting Consoles or Software?

Welcome to episode 114! It’s a new year, and it’s a good time to consider our goals for the upcoming year. Today’s topic is should or shouldn’t you learn multiple lighting console or software? First, if you are someone who is wanting to learn a specific console or software consider checking out Learn Stage Lighting […]


Why Should I Buy Name-Brand Lights vs. “From China”? What constitutes a “name brand”?

Welcome to the podcast and Episode # 113! Today. we’re going to discuss purchasing name brand name lights versus purchasing from China. As some people have experienced is buying a new brand, have issues, and the brand disappears within a year or two. I don’t want that for anyone and that’s why I think it’s […]


Why Do Lighting Designers Hate the Color Green? Is it Justified?

Thank you for joining us today for Episode 112 and during the series of why on the podcast today’s topic is about using green in lighting. If you’ve asked any lighting designers you may find a common theme that most of them do not like green in their lighting. Why is that and is it […]


Why Do I Talk SO much about getting an even wash of light on your stage? What are the exceptions?

Welcome to today’s show and in this episode we’re doing our Why segment. I wanted to start this segment with exploring various topics and asking the simple question, Why? Today, why do I talk so much about getting an even wash of light on your stage and what are the exceptions? Show Sponsorship (2:17) The […]


Why Use a Lighting Visualizer? With Guest Bob Mentele

Welcome to today’s episode! We have a special guest, Bob Mentele of Elations to discuss using visualizers and if that’s a tool you should consider. Let’s dive in! Main Segment (0:37) David: Today, we have with us Bob Mentele from Elations to discuss visualizers. Why should we use a lighting visualizer? There are a couple […]


Why Should You Use Lasers in Your Stage Lighting?

Welcome to Episode 109 and today, we’re going to discuss lasers and using them in stage lighting. While I covered lasers on our YouTube, I wasn’t able to cover as much as I would like to. So today, we’re going to go a little more into it. Show Sponsor (1:05) Today’s sponsor of this episode […]


Why Do So Many People Buy the GrandMA Console for Churches? Or Their Band? Or?

Welcome to the Learn Stage Lighting podcast, episode #108. Today, we’re kicking off our latest segment, Why? We’ll be covering topics, myths, and explore why certain things are set in stone in the lighting industry. Show Sponsorship (2:27) The sponsor of today’s show is Learn Stage Lighting Labs. If you’ve been listening for a while […]


Events for the “New Normal”

Welcome to episode 107 for the Learn Stage Lighting podcast. It’s been a bit since we’ve done an episode here and to be honest it’s been very busy! During this pandemic I’ve seen some production companies doing very well during these times while others are really struggling. If you happen to be one of the […]


COVID, Lighting for Video + More!

Welcome to episode # 106. Today we’re going to touch base on the effects of Covid-19, lighting for video, and how to make the most out of what you have. Lighting News (0:44) In the event world, everybody has really taken a blow with shows being canceled. Some have found different ways to utilize their […]


I’m late to the game…

Today’s podcast is episode # 105 and we’re taking a little throwback moment to an episode we aired almost 2 years ago! In this episode, we sit down with 2 different lighting professionals to talk about different colors, approaches, etc. I’d also like to mention the sponsor of the show, Learn Stage Lighting Labs. If […]


Getting in the Atmosphere – What are Haze, Fog and Faze, and When Do I Use Them?

This week is a “best of” – going back to episode 15 – which has a lot of really great information about Fog, Haze, the differences between the 2 and how to use them well. Whether this is your first time hearing it, or you’re refreshing yourself from a few years ago, I hope you […]


Why I (sometimes) hate black backdrops

Hello friends and welcome to Episode 103! Today, we’re going to have a good mixture of news, the show’s topic, and answering a few of your questions. Today’s sponsor of the show is Amazon. If you’re placing an order through Amazon, be sure to just follow this link before ordering. It doesn’t cost you any […]


A La Carte! Let’s talk about life and new things…

Welcome to episode 102! Today we’re going to cover a few different topics. During the Covid-19 pandemic, everyone is going through so much with life and their careers. But throughout the world, some countries seem to be slowly opening back up. There may be a light at the end of all of this in the […]


Let’s Start a Lighting Company…as a Drummer (Interview with Troy Wiggins of Dubbs Lighting)

Welcome to Learn Stage Lighting Podcast! In this episode we have a very special treat for you. We’re interviewing Troy Wiggins of Dubbs Lighting who is also one of my students in the Learn Stage Lighting Labs. Today’s sponsor of the show is Amazon. If you’re placing an order through Amazon, be sure to just […]


The Focus is on You – Your Questions Answered!

In today’s episode we’re now hosting our 100th Podcast episode. Thanks to encouragement from Kevin Ward of I went forward on launching this podcast almost 2 years ago. In today’s episode we’re focusing on you and answering your questions. Today’s sponsor of the show is Amazon. If you’re placing an order through Amazon, be […]


Happy DMX Day + LiveStreaming + Consoles + More!

Welcome to the Learn Stage Lighting Podcast, we’re now at Episode 99! Here in the US on May 12th, it’s DMX Day! Today, we’re going to cover some thoughts about recent events and then we’ll discuss choosing consoles. The sponsor of today’s show is Learn Stage Lighting Labs. If you like what you hear and […]


Career Advice For the Entertainment Industry with Bob Mentele

Welcome to Episode 98! It’s been a great month and a lot of fun for me personally to be joined by some great experts in the industry. Today, we have another special guest, Bob Mentele of Elation Lighting who will be discussing career advice for those who may want to consider a career in the […]


Production Management: How to Make Your Next Event or Show Run Smoothly, Even if You’re Not a Professional with Dan Almond from Orange Thread Media

Welcome to this week’s Podcast episode #96 and we have a special guest, Dan Almond from Orange Thread Media. We’re going to discuss production management and ways to help your next event run smoothly. The sponsor of this week’s episode is Amazon, you’ve heard of them, right? Through Amazon, if you do purchase any items […]


How Do I Make a Great Laser Show To Go With My Lighting? Adam Raugh X-Laser

Welcome this week’s podcast episode and we’re excited to have a special guest. Adam Raugh, of X-Laser. Today’s episode is going to be a lot of fun as we dive into how to make a great laser show to go with your lighting. The sponsor of this week’s episode is Amazon, you’ve heard of them, […]