We produce a local music series, and i would like to step it up to the next level. I think our lighting needs the most improvement. We light everything with par 56 because we do not have the budget to buy expensive lights. We have 10 par 56s I put 500w bulbs in the right side for key light and 300w bulbs in the left side for fill. I intend to get more to put in the back to cast a back light on the performers.
this is a link to one of our shows. Its johnny neal one of the original Almandbrothers. If i could get any input on how to improve my show i would be grateful.
I would suggest trying to add some color to the background, and to try to add some backlight. I would either use an amber gel on the backlight, or allow the color from the background bleed over. A nice red and blue mixture would allow the background to pop out. I think the look you have isn't a bad one, they are just swallowed by the void behind them.
Actually, I rather like the look of the void... but I'm a fan of limbo environments.
I think the look is actually pretty darn good, especially considering it's lit with just little PAR cans.
My biggest suggestion would be to move your instruments a bit so that everyone is not so evenly lit... maybe instead of straight on, the keys are hitting them at more of an acute angle... give a shadowed side and some nice modeling.
If you have enough instruments, give everyone a good backlight, perhaps maybe not straight back but at an opposite angle of your key. Here would be an opportunity to use some colored gels to liven things up.
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