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Tags - Photorealistic
Software:
  • Blender 2.63
Discover How To:
  • The core fundamentals of good lighting
  • Some common lighting mistakes
  • Why shadows are equally as important as light

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Software:
  • Blender 2.63
Discover How To:
  • The core fundamentals of good lighting
  • Some common lighting mistakes
  • Why shadows are equally as important as light

Chapter Marks (Full Length )

theory2.02theory6.15theory8.42theory14.31icon-lighting24.08

Ever find yourself placing lamps randomly in the hopes your scene will look good? You’re not alone.

Lighting is a pretty daunting topic if you don’t understand the theory. Most people can differentiate between a good lighting system and a bad one, but few people know why.

To understand lighting you need to know the theory. If you’re against theory then you should probably skip along to another tutorial. Because when it comes to lighting, knowing the theory is vital.

Finished Result

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Further Reading

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Summary

Don’t like long videos? Here’s a summary…

Which image is easier to read? Shadows play a huge role in helping your mind tell the geometry of a 3d scene.

Which image is easier to read? Shadows play a huge role in helping your mind see geometry.

The Three-Point Lighting System

Combined 3-Point Lighting System. Model by Ben Dansie.

Combined 3-Point Lighting System. Modified model from Ben Dansie.

Quote from Universal Principles of Design

Quote from Universal Principles of Design

Other lighting systems

Quote from Jeremy Vickery of Pixar, from Efficient Cinematic Lighting.

Quote from Jeremy Vickery of Pixar, from Efficient Cinematic Lighting.

More examples of lighting applications

Back lighting and Non Key lighting used together

Silhouette and 3-Point lighting used together.

Silhouette and 3-Point lighting used together.

Back lighting used effectively in a snowy outdoors scene

Back lighting used effectively in a snowy outdoors scene

Silhouette lighting plus reflections for added contrast

Silhouette lighting plus reflections for added contrast

Hands on demo of the Three-Point Lighting System:

Add a Plane at a 45 degree angle from camera. Give emission value of 30.

Add a Plane at a 45 degree angle from camera. Give emission value at 30.

Add another plane, 90 degrees opposite Key light. Give emission value of 3.5

Add another plane, 90 degrees opposite Key light. Give emission value at 3.5

Add Spotlamp to rear of scene and point at subject. Set strength value of 100.

Add Spotlamp to rear of scene and point at subject. Set strength value at 100.

Finished!

Feel free to use the fruit bowl scene to explore other lighting methods :)

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