View Full Version : help noob with rendering

04-10-2004, 05:53 AM
hello im quite lame into lightwave, but i like rendering. the problem is, almost everything i render is boring :) would be nice if you could give me some hints how to make it nicer. ive got usually biggest problem that the material is so plain..its like without shadows etc.. .. and if i add reflection it looks weird.... examples of my boring renders (i didnt do the models):


here are some examples of great render which did my friend:
http://don.vn.cz/eric/ - you can see the material is so nice....mine is ugly

so plz try to give me some tips..thx

04-10-2004, 06:00 AM
*Yawn* Huh? Sorry, I must've dozed off ;) Yup - pretty dull - one of the biggest cuplrits is your reflections (or rather lack of) you need a nice contrasty (is that a word?) reflection map to really bring out that paint job. The lighting looks a little flat too - try a nice strong key light and a subtler fill light to bring out a bit more depth in the images. You could also explore using incidence angle gradients to make the paintwork/glass more lifelike (or alternatively check out the "Fast Fresnel" surface shader). Oh, the specular highlights look too low as well...

04-12-2004, 02:13 PM
Reading these (http://leigh.cgcommunity.com/tutorials.htm) great articles by Leigh Van Der Byl is a great start. At least it was for me :)