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Blender 2.5 Lighting and Rendering by Aaron W. Powell

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Chapter 2. Outdoor Lighting: Setting Up Our Scene

Lighting techniques are highly dependent on the location of the scene at hand. The approaches to lighting an outdoor scene are radically different from the techniques used to light an indoor scene. Knowing these differences and when to use each is important when aiming for a believable result. We will take a look at:

  • Establishing a workflow
  • Things to consider when lighting a scene
  • Adding and editing lights in Blender
  • How to use layers to increase the quality of our render
  • What habits are good when lighting and why

Getting the right files

Before we get started, we need a scene to work with. There are three scenes provided for our use an outdoor scene, an indoor scene, and a hybrid scene that incorporates ...

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