Lighting Techniques and Maya Light Types

Successful lighting in animation depends on a wealth of techniques developed for cinematography and still photography. This necessitates an understanding of Maya light types and the equivalent real-world lights they emulate.

Understanding Product Lighting

As mentioned earlier in this chapter, light boxes (light tents) are useful for evenly lighting products that fit within their structure. However, the Light_Box geometry included in the headphones scene cannot provide illumination at this point (although it will contribute to specular highlights and reflections). We will activate the illumination capability of the Light_Box in Chapter 2 by using mental ray and Final Gathering. In the meantime, we will ...

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