Light shapes the world by showing us what we see. It creates a sense of depth, it initiates the perception of color, and it allows us to distinguish shape and form. For a scene to be successful in CG, these realities of light need to be reproduced as faithfully as possible. The trick is learning to see light and its astonishing effects on the world around us.
Topics in this chapter include:
Basic Lighting Concepts
Soft Shadows with mental ray
mental ray Lighting
PDF Exercise—Global Illumination
mental ray Physical Sun and Sky
Lighting the red wagon
Tips for Using and Animating Lights
It is no surprise that Maya's lighting resembles actual direct-lighting ...