Art and Lighting Artfully

Art and Lighting Artfully

The Lighting Design Process There’s a process that every seasoned Lighting Designer goes through as they wrap their head around a new set of architectural drawings.  For me, architectural lighting design is a holistic endeavor, where I plumb the depth and breadth of...


Lighting designer Mark D. Kruger, MIES, chronicles his expertise and experience as a New York dance, theatrical, rock and roll, architectural, landscape and interior lighting designer, through words, pictures, drawings, and video compilations. This “video...

The Business of Lighting Design

a.k.a. “Cover Your Ass” Did they teach you how to write or negotiate a contract in design school? I thought so. “Read” this chapter for a taste of what you should ask for in compensation, and how to protect your work and your business, (yes,...


The Paper Trail: Documenting Your Work Although “paper trail” is a relative term in cloud-based collaboration, diligence in recording the process and sharing notes on a project’s evolution is still required.


Concept is at the heart of any production, and the lighting design serves that production. Mark D. Kruger shares his thoughts on the conceptual part of the design process.


This simultaneously technical and whimsical chapter examines the nature of color as it applies to light, how we see it and how light can be used to change perceptions.


Texture involves the fracturing of whole light, either in a designed fashion, or by accident. In either case, it changes a single, nondescript journey, into a de-light.


This chapter seeks to reveal the many facets of our natural and our man-made, three-dimensional world that challenge the lighting designer to be visually articulate. Facets, whether cut in diamond, formed by the human face, the body in motion, or the dynamism of bold...


The way we control the balance of light and darkness, whether nuanced or heavy-handed, is often the difference between lighting design and gross illuminated engineering. In this chapter on shadow, we will attempt to focus on the more designed aspects of the topic. As...


“Still” imagery, even when presented sequentially or at a deliberate pace, allows the viewer to experience a deeper and more significant awareness of both the performance and of the ephemeral medium of light.


What do Ram Dass and Albert Einstein have in common? The belief in something they knew but couldn’t see. This chapter contains a brief history of the origins of laser lighting and fun montage of entertainment and branding applications.

About the Author

What a long strange trip it’s been, indeed. This final chapter of “The Chronicle of Light,” a video book, (vook) by lighting designer Mark D. Kruger, gives nods and gratitude to Mark’s mentors, inspirations, students, colleagues, and...