roccondil said: Just curious, do you know of any sort of home PC applications that can be used to self-teach the basics of lighting design, or to hone your skills? Or is really the only place to get familiar with light design to experience doing it in community theaters, schools, and internships/jobs? Thanks! Too bad there isn't a whole lot of ways to show some of the events you do besides actually being there in person... unless you do have some video to share. I'll bet you have done some awesome sequences!
You can read up on it as much as you can, you can understand the concepts, but honestly the only way to really become good at it is to do it. Classes help, the reading helps, anything that can explain the methods and why they exist is a great resource to have, but in all honesty, you don’t need them.
I know plenty of people who never went to school for or studied lighting, and they’re just incredible designers. And that comes from having a passion to do it, and doing it over and over, honing your skills, finding out what works and what doesn’t.
I’m working on compiling more footage of the shows I work. I find that I have picked and pulled ideas from other people over the years, just small tricks. It’s never really worth it to try and recreate someone’s work entirely, because it doesn’t make you a good designer, it’s a cop-out.