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I've started a blog to help new technicians and designers understand the basics of lighting and programming. I'd love some feedback, not only on the blog itself, but some ideas of what topics I should write about and what would be helpful to people with limited lighting experience.
Technical Service lead, Television Production Service
I appreciate what you are trying to do and please take what I say with a grain of salt. I feel like there is already so much info out there that says more or less what you blog says. To make it worthwhile to me, I want to see pictures, diagrams, examples, links to products, etc. The train/dmx analogy was fun, but it would have been more helpful to see diagrams, charts, and pictures/links to actual products that do what you are talking about. I just think it is difficult to take the topic of lighting that consists of colors, textures, patterns, and movements, and describe it simply with words. I do appreciate that so far your posts have actually been geared towards informing and not littered with new product "announcements." As long as you limit your posts about a single product or company to the things that really are hidden gems then it doesn't turn me off.
As far as the actual blog goes, it's a basic wordpress theme. Not as good as a quality custom-built theme, but 100x better than a shoddy custom-built theme!
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millamber (Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011)
How about some basic information on lighting lingo like "cue stacks, playback,pallats,subgroups ect." I also think an more in depth tutorial on chamsys magicq than whats on the net as of now since that seems to be the board(software) most people are directing people to on the cmn site. Just some ideas.