Lighting Designer

Lighting designers work in the film television and theater industries. They are experts at using light and lighting effects to create a mood make a scene appear to be taking place during the daytime or nighttime persuade an audience to look in a particular direction and to bring several actors or props together as one visual element on stage or in a scene. Before a lighting designer can determine how light will be used they must be familiar with the script and what type of lighting effects a director wants to achieve. In order to get the lighting correct before a performance or filming a lighting designer will attend rehearsals and plan the lighting effects while the cast is practicing so that everything functions as desired during the live performance or shoot. Lighting designers use several types of techniques when they set up lights. A few factors that they must take into consideration for every specific production or shoot include how intense the lighting should be the desired color or shade of light the distribution of light on a stage or in a scene and how much movement the light should have. In order to become a lighting designer an associate’s degree in theatrical production is usually required but on-the-job experience and training is often more practical than a classroom education. The typical employers of lighting designers include television and film production studios as well as live theatrical companies. Depending on the specific production a lighting designer may be required to travel with the rest of the production crew for filming purposes or may travel with a theatrical performance as it moves from city to city. The website careers.stateuniversity.com lists the salary range for a lighting designer between $43680 and $62400 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $53040
High Salary: $62400
Low Salary: $43680
Tasks: Creates effects using lights.
Utilizes both direct and indirect lights.
Sets the mood for a scene using lighting techniques.
Ensures that the stage or scene is bright enough so that the audience can see the actors.
Also Called: Lighting Technician
Lighting Director
Lighting Engineer
Director of Cinematography
Additional Resources: http://www.aact.org/people/lightingdesigner.html
http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/107/Lighting-Technician.html
http://ww2.prospects.ac.uk/p/types_of_job/theatre_lighting_director_job_description.jsp