Lighting Diagram Creator Lets You Easily Save and Share Your Light Setups Online


The Online Lighting Diagram Creator is a web app for easily creating and sharing lighting diagrams. It was created back in 2009 by Sydney-based photographer and web developer Quoc Huy Nguyen Dinh. It’s an extremely simple tool through which you can create detailed diagrams by simply clicking and dragging.

The first version featured a toolbox of lighting objects on the left side…


…and a canvas on the right side. Click a tool to have it appear on the canvas. Drag the object around to reposition it. Hover your mouse over to see options for rotating the object, changing its layer priority, duplicating it, or deleting it. Here’s a canvas filled with various objects:


Once you’ve finalized your diagram, you can export it as a JPG or PNG file, or save it to a URL that you can then share with others.

After the first version gained some traction online, Dinh followed it up with a new version that’s currently called “Creator v3 beta.” This new tool is more advanced, and is also optimized for iPad use.


The different objects categories are now hidden behind a drop down menu, and appear in the box on the bottom when a category is chosen. The size and orientation of the objects can be adjusted using sliders once they’ve been dragged into the canvas.

Another new feature is the ability to add notes to saved diagrams. Notes can be up to 95 characters in length, and are added through the text field to the side of the diagram maker.

Head on over to the original Lighting Diagram Creator or to the Creator v3 beta to get started.

The Online Lighting Diagram Creator (via Imaging Resource)

  • Han Derre Espen Johansen

    This program would be great if it had the option to see how the setup would work before placing the lights, like on a static computerized object or something. A way of planning or/and learning how to light something before actually going to the studio. But I guess that would make the program at least 10 times bigger and at least 10 times more expencive.

  • agour

    making any sort of realistic lighting is not easy, if you’ve ever used a 3D modelling program you’d understand this.

    It would take far longer to create in a program than it would in the studio, so kinda defeats the point.

  • Juan

    This is definitely a good idea to start off with something.

  • Paulo Reddin

    @dude its a diagram creator not pixar studios !

  • Han Derre Espen Johansen

    My education and work experience is based around 3D modelling, so I see your point. Still, there is high quality rendering programs wich does a decent job (Keyshot among others),

    But still I think there will be a market. A professional photographer probably won’t need it, beacause he/she has a lot of knowledge about lightning, and have all the flashes and bits and bolts he/she could ever dream of, but for a aspiring photograph a program like the one I’m thinking of, would give the opportunity to try out stuff before using a lot of [insert currency here] on it.

  • Han Derre Espen Johansen

    Altso: home brewers have been doing this for years, using beersmith and simiar, where you can choose ingredients from “all” available manufacturers, and do a simulation of the entire brewing process before going out of bed.

  • agour

    If it was realtime and produced good results, yeah I could see it being useful as a training tool. Would be good for people buying new gear ‘softbox or octobox’? Try ‘em both out in the software to see what fits your needs.

    But it would be a difficult, expensive piece of software. And I don’t know if the market would be big enough