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raydnz
10-31-2007, 03:04 PM
Hi. Want to get some more training material / tutorials etc and just wondered what you all recommend and what people are using. Have used Dan Ablan's Inside Lightwave 7 and found that very helpful but just wondering what else is available in the way of books, dvds etc...
Thanks
raydnz

IMI
10-31-2007, 03:32 PM
Well, everything by Dan Ablan is great, and he's written two LW "inside" books since v7 - for 8 and 9. Plus, Dan's Lightwave v9 Courseware DVD training is exceptional. He also has a Courseware for LW 8, but I never bought that.
The Wordware books for LW texturing and lighting are very good.
Steve Warner's Essential LightWave v9 is a tremendous book, which includes several hours of videos, and covers pretty much everything that is LW, to a certain extent.

These are the training materials I personally would recommend, as these are the ones I bought. There are also alot of LW videos from Kurv studios: http://www.kurvstudios.com/lightwave/
and Larry Schultz: http://www.3dtrainingonline.com/

And, of course, there are alot of LW tutorials out there for free, html, pdf and video. Newtek's site has several videos which are very good, and free, plus a training bundle, which isn't.

Steamthrower
10-31-2007, 09:16 PM
Larry Schultz (SplineGod on these forums) is one of the most respected and acknowledged tutorialmeisters for Lightwave ever. He even demonstrated Lightwave in front of Congress, and that convinced them to seriously reconsider giving a $9.5 mil grant to Autodesk to "enhance public school 3D education".

OK, so I just told the biggest pack of lies ever told. But Larry really does have great tutes.

JeffrySG
10-31-2007, 10:12 PM
I would def. give Essential LW 9 a shot. It comes with over 14hrs of video tutorials and has a ton of great content in the book. Inside LW9 is great too but it's a little more basic than ELW9. I have them both BTW.

JeffrySG
10-31-2007, 10:17 PM
I heard that this organic tutorial by Taron was very good as well. You can pay per chapter here...

http://gnomonology.com/group/20

pixeltek
11-01-2007, 09:40 AM
I too started with Dan Ablan's "Inside LW" books, 6 - 9, and they are still awesome references and contain many tutorials. Thusly inspired, not only have I written tutorials and posted them on my website, but so did many caring fellow LW users, and now there are scores of them around the web and at the Newtek website. The largest Lightwave tutorial repository, IMO, is here, dilligently maintained by Scott Cameron:
http://members.shaw.ca/lightwavetutorials/Main_Menu.htm

Every little bit helps :thumbsup:

JeffrySG
11-01-2007, 09:59 AM
Lightwave Wiki is great too...

this is a great subdivision modeling tutorial for LW...
http://www.lightwiki.com/All_about_Subpatch_Modeling

Hopper
11-02-2007, 04:52 PM
I would def. give Essential LW 9 a shot. It comes with over 14hrs of video tutorials and has a ton of great content in the book. Inside LW9 is great too but it's a little more basic than ELW9. I have them both BTW.
Ditto. Steve's book (ELW9) is concise, holds your interest, videos are awesome, traverses a wide range of projects and styles, and has a great sense of humor. Excellent reference. And of course Alban's book is excellent too. You can't have enough of these books (the good ones at least).

steamthunk
11-16-2007, 03:40 PM
I just picked up Essential Lightwave 9 last night. I own Essential Lightwave 8 too so I wasn't sure if it was worth getting. This is the best lightwave book I have to date. I consider myself a very advanced beginner (maybe that really means intermediate) and it really helped fill in some gaps on topics that I had read about elsewhere and never really fully understood. Its organized in a way that makes reading it easy and yet also good as a reference weeks/months/years later when you want to just come back and look up something you haven't done in a while. Highly recommended.