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Lighting Impression at Alpha & Omega Youth Facility

alpha-omega-church_4Alpha & Omega Church found a dynamic lighting solution for their newly remodeled youth ministry auditorium in a mix of LED lights and Platinum Series moving heads.

Alpha & Omega Church in Miami was looking for a dynamic lighting solution for their newly remodeled Next Level Youth ministry auditorium, something both welcoming and energetic, and found the flexibility they were looking for in an Elation Professional lighting package of LED lights and Platinum Series moving heads.

Total Audio & Visual Solutions (TAVS) of Miami installed the lighting system upgrade during a refurbishment of the space, one that allowed the South Florida production and rental company to start with a fresh canvas. “What I wanted to accomplish with the lighting design was to create an environment where it would leave a great impression on anyone who would be a part of the services,” commented Total Audio & Visual Solutions’ Chris Fernandez, lighting designer on the project. “This design was specifically for their youth building and we wanted to add a modern touch to their auditorium.”The lighting package in the youth auditorium, a large building that can seat up to 1,800 people, is used to light the auditorium stage and consists of 12 SixPar 100™ LED PAR lights, 6 Lumina Strip™ LED battens, 4 TVL 1000™ white light LED array panels, 4 Rayzor Q12 Zoom™ LED moving heads, and 6 Platinscreen-shot-2016-12-09-at-1-09-09-pmum Beam 5R Extreme beam lights. An Antari F-1 Fazer™ is used for atmospheric fog and haze effects.

Flexible Lighting & More“The new lighting system needed to be flexible as it’s used for special events and conferences, as well as youth services,” stated Kelvin Burgos, Director of Sales at Total Audio Visual Solutions. “Besides that, we were looking for fixtures that were well designed and of good craftsmanship, as well as a lighting system that was cost effective and easy to maintain.”Chris Fernandez adds,

“The moving light fixtures and LED fixtures create a fun and energetic environment and the blinders are used to create intimate worship moments or exciting fast chases for the youth. They enhance the environment and provide a place to welcome new people with a modern new fresh look.” Chris says that the well-proven Platinum Beam 5R beam lights set the tone for the entire rig and are primarily used for “awesome effects and eye candy.” He has them placed along the floor with some rigged above on truss. Compact Rayzor Q12 Zoom LED wash lights, also located on the ground and truss, “provide great back light and also eye candy effects.”

Broadcast Ability Because it’s important for the Next Level Youth ministry to reach people outside their four walls, an important aspect of the lighting system was its ability to function as effective broadcast lighting. “Since the clients do a lot of broadcast recording we included TVL 1000 fixtures to create a front TV wash with some SixPar 100 fixtures with barn doors to fill in any gaps,” Chris explains. Located above the audience, the TVL 1000s are white light LED array panels that blend warm white and cool white LEDs for a uniform projection of flat white light and also fulfill the high CRI requirement of broadcast lighting. The compact SixPar 100 PAR color changers with their 6-color LED multi-chips are located above the stage on trussing to provide backlighting on stage and a wide palette of dynamic color washes.Finally, grouped togalpha-omega-church_6ether with ground truss towers towards the back of the stage are Lumina Strips, LED-based batten lights with warm white LEDs that give an incandescent-type light. “These fixtures provide a great blinder effect, which can be used to create an intimate or exciting environment,” Chris says. The variety of lighting looks needed in the youth auditorium was programmed using Elation’s PC-based Compu Show lighting software program.TAVS worked with Miami-based rep firm and Elation partner Freed Sales on the installation, which was completed in March 2016. “Freed Sales helped with the facilitation of the gear and service,” Kelvin says of their role. “They always go above and beyond with their service and support.”

Original Elation Story: http://www.elationlighting.com/news/index/view/id/566/

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Lighting for TV & IMAG – A Collaboration

By Chris Fernandez ( Lighting Designer / Programmer)

The introduction of IMAG to your venue can be an easily thought idea, but It’s no secret that lighting is not exempt from the IMAG / TV microscope. Fortunately, with a few adjustments and accommodations, it is possible for the lighting designer and video director to exist in harmony.

Anyone can hang key lighting / source 4 lekos & think it looks good to the eye or in person, & any programmer can push buttons and make things light up. but the reality is that lighting design & implementation doesn’t work like that. Stage lighting is a practice that requires attention to detail.

I have no proof of this, but I would venture to guess that most LDs, especially in churches, aren’t initially drawn to the job because of front and back lighting for TV. Most, myself included, found that they can be much more creative with moving lights, LEDs, video projection, and set designs. It’s worth remembering that it’s not just people that the camera sees – it’s what is surrounding them as well.

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The first consideration is quantity of light. When a video engineer has to run the gain wide open, the image gets grainy, detail is lost, and quality is degraded. In order to prevent this, it becomes the lighting designer’s job to make sure that there is enough light on each subject. This can be done with a light meter that measures footcandles. As a general rule of thumb, 50-60fc is a good starting point. You’ll want to aim for at least the high end of this range for more important pieces, such as sermons for (churches), special talent & props, etc.

The second consideration is quality of light. What is sometimes accepted as good lighting for a room can quickly become bad lighting for video. There’s two big pieces to look at when improving quality. The first is angles. Angles done well can create shape, form, and effect on a person or object. Angles done poorly can create ghostly looks and distracting shadows. A big key to this is backlight. Without backlight, subjects can be lost in the background. Backlight is one of my favorite things to play with, because of the effect it can give. Some LDs will run their backlight even twice as bright as their front light. The second consideration iscolor temperature. We can all spot the difference between the blue-white of a moving head and the yellow-white of an incandescent fixture. In a live setting, our eyes can adapt and are okay with the difference. On camera, the difference isn’t nearly as pleasing. The goal here is to match color temperatures. Using color correction gel in conventional lighting, or a CTO filter in a moving light, these temperatures can be matched so that after white-balancing, every color is replicated correctly. One additional point worth making is that when shopping for LED fixtures, make sure you find lights labeled as “flicker-free”. Many cheap lights will create an incredibly obnoxious strobe effect when seen by the camera.

Finally, the third thing to consider is the difference in light. If you want a video engineer in your good graces, make his job easy for him. This means that no matter where a camera is pointing, it’s receiving the same amount of light. For an LD, this isn’t always as easy as it sounds, because lights can differ in brightness based off of distance, lamp life, hot spots, and gels. One way to make this job easier is with diffusion. Diffusion comes in a range of strength, from strong silks all the way to a fine frost. This will even out shadows, hot spots, and take hard edges off your spotlights. This is especially useful if you have a speaker that likes to go on trips from one side of the stage to another.

 

For me info on any projects you might have feel free to email me.

cfernandez@totalavs.com

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