i'd like the basics on lighting a cyc, please. i've gotten by so far with getting the cyc to look decent, yes, but i cant shake the feeling that something is not quite right, because i seem to run into a lot of problems. mainly, i have so much trouble getting an even wash. and if i can get that, then when i turn the performance lights on, the bottom half of the cyc gets washed out, and looks pretty bad. here's an example: http://rochelle-hubs.smugmug.com/gallery/2565340#135347300-M-LB so heres what we're working with here-(and please excuse my lack of knowledge - i do the best i can) we have 2-cell cyc lights, which connect with brackets so there's four lamps in one fixture, if that makes any sense.. and there's 5 of those across the batton we use RGB, and just leave the un-gelled lamp off in each set i try my best to get the lights at least 5' in front of the cyc, but in the above picture they weren't that far, more like 3-4'. the next show is smaller so i need to find a solution to the washing out of the cyc. the production above was large, so the washed-out part was hardly noticeable, but only because there were always people blocking the view of the audience. i've tried using lights at more of an angle, for example hanging them above the stage instead of in the catwalks, and this helps but then i still have a problem with the reflection of lights from the floor. it seems that i fix one thing and another problem arises. if anyone has any ideas, or at least knows of something i'm doing wrong that may or may not be the problem, please let me know!! thanks in advance!