Need help lighting an Orchestra


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Apr 18, 2011
Meridian, Idaho, US
I agree with most of the above members' comments. To summarize: 1) LOTS of down light. 2) A bit of backlight. (Both so that the musicians can read their music and to provide some separation.) 3) HIGH ANGLE front light. (With instruments located so that no musician has a front light in his/her eyes when looking at the conductor.)

Also, you mention "outdoor." Keep in mind that your artificial lights at night will be very different from the sunlight earlier in the day. (Eyes are marvelousluy adaptable; video cameras and film are not.) This will give your video people nightmares, both in terms of color and intensity. (And if your production begins in daylight and extends into night, good luck!)

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