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"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
"This is a must have book to have on the shelf....this book is very entertaining and educational. It is also great as reference material for practising professionals. I thoroughly recommend this book for all lighting people. You will find yourself referring to it again and again." - Stephen Dean, CX Magazine
"[A] great text for students, but it is also likely to be useful, or at least entertaining, for lighting designers who have been working for decades.. [A]dds substantially to the first edition, published ten years ago. [N]ew material throughout the book. made what was always a practical guide even more grounded in the real-life work of a professional lighting designer.. [T]his book is exhaustive; almost everything seems to be covered."--Protocol