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Digital Lighting and Rendering by Jeremy Birn

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[Chapter Two] Lighting Basics and Good Practices

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There aren’t many “happy accidents” in 3D graphics. To achieve professional results, you need to be in control of every step of the lighting process, from initial planning through managing revisions of your work. You need to choose the appropriate type of light for each purpose, test-render each light, adjust its controls and options, and create versions of your scene until you can please your client or director.

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Starting the Creative Process

Where does the lighting process start? The answer varies ...

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