View Full Version : Need Advice With Lighting

09-10-2004, 08:47 PM
I have a scene with 12 point lights (using the spinning lights trick for softened shadows) Each light is at 50% and the GI is at 10% (a darkish orange color)

I would love some advice on how to lighten up the scene without blowing out my 'lamps'.

Should I just increase GI (but won't that reduce contrast and muddy up the render?)

Do I need to place 'strategic' lights for 'light bounces'? If so, where and what type of light?

I appreciate any help guys. I'll post a few pics to show what I mean....

09-10-2004, 08:48 PM
Here's the lighting properties panels....

09-10-2004, 08:51 PM
Here is the raw render.....

09-10-2004, 08:53 PM
Here is the render using the Exposure Adjustments: White point=1.0, Black Point=50

09-10-2004, 08:55 PM
I ultimately would like the raw render to look like the second pic. I hope to render an animation and would rather not have to do too many adjustments in After Effects.

09-10-2004, 11:11 PM
You could use the HDR Exposure plugin (Image filters) and set the same exposure settings (I am presuming you tweaked the exposure using Image Viewer FP).

09-10-2004, 11:36 PM
Thanks for making me aware of that plug-in. I will give it a shot.

09-11-2004, 08:40 AM
From your screengrabs it doesn't look like you're using any GI there, just Ambient - which is evil of course.

Personally I'd use Radiosity, with a single bounce if you want it to look pretty contrasty. I'd then bake that as a texture so that you can screw around with the contrast in Photoshop, but also for sheer speed - if you wanna animate this.