"This is hands-down the best book I've ever read regarding the process of designing and executing a lighting design. Other books do wonderful jobs of discussing instruments and electrical aspects, or how to create a design, but very few discuss the day-to-day paperwork and personal interactions involved in getting that design executed." --Steven Haworth, Lighting Designer
"...this 2nd edition has answered all your questions and a bunch you didn't think you needed to know. You have got to have this book if you consider yourself a professional, period." -- James Moody, author of Concert Lighting
"A practical guide that will, better than any other book on the subject, help the LD get his or her design realized in the most professional and efficient manner." --Peter Maradudin, Lighting Dimensions Magazine
" The best parts of the book work because they rely on understanding concepts, not remembering good advice. You don't have to remember, because you have understood." -- Nick Hunt, Focus - The Journal of the Association of Lighting Designers
"Finally! Shelley has taken the basic concept of focus coverage and given it a name: The Slinky Method! Bravo, Mr. Shelley." --Ms. Martha Mountain, George Mason University
"This is a must read for any student who is seriously interested in lighting design." --Cindy Limauro, Carnegie Melon University
"In 2002 I began to search for textbooks to cover the course I was developing on Lighting Technology and Lighting Design for the live stage. I discovered "A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting."
Steve Shelley had done what I feared was impossible. He had distilled the art and science of stage lighting into one comprehensive book. He had concentrated on those timeless objectives and principals that remain the same regardless if you are using a 50 year old leko or the latest LED fixture.
"A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting" has been the base textbook for my course ever since. .It is the student's reaction to this book that is quite remarkable. They have constantly commented on how easy it is to read and understand. That in itself makes it a most valuable asset." - Prof. Kenneth Salah, Cambrian College
From the Inside Flap
The first edition of A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting followed the process and explained one set of methods used to create and apply paperwork that culminated in a fully mounted lighting design for the musical "Hokey".
This second edition pulls back the wizard's curtain to reveal the step-by-step processes involved in the creation and realization of that lighting design. With ninety new topics, twenty new forms, and fifteen new drafting presentations, Shelley expands his painstaking analysis into the methods and processes that take place to create the light plot and a lighting design in the first place.