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[Tutorial] Three-Point Lighting In IrayI've covered this at more than sufficient length elsewhere, but I still get asked about lighting in Iray, so I wanted to do a quick set of text basics for those who have trouble ferreting out the relevant bits from the videos.
Here is a reference set of lights and a Sunny 16 preset you can download and use for practice. These are the lights I use as starters in 90% of scenes now. If you want to know more about tone mapping I've gone into that here as well.
THREE-POINT LIGHTING: WHAT IS IT?
Wikipedia covers the photographic theory of three-point lighting here, if you would like to know more about that. The short version is
You Better Not Cry: Krampus, the Yuletide Bad Cop
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You Better Not Cry: Krampus, the
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Living abroad for a semester in Switzerland, I learned early on to roll with the cultural traditions, and none were more whimsical in our small Alpine town than those during the holiday season. Shoes left outside for Saint Nicholas to fill with candy, colorful advent calendars to open, and boisterous holiday parades became part of our everyday lives.
One day in December, my c
Why Is Winter Coming
Winter is Coming
Few phrases are more closely associated with the Game of Thrones fandom than this one. We know that winters in Game of Thrones are long, often lasting several years. It is also difficult for people in that world to predict when the seasons will change, the Citadel even has a special, rare breed of white raven they send out to deliver the news of the changing season. While this may just be the way that the seasons in the world of Game of Thrones
Collection: Of Angels and Demons Vol. 2
Realm of Fantasy: Of Angels
and Demons Vol. 2
Dungeons and Dragons Credence
“Such angels and their halos
wells of molten gold spilling
on their necks without burning
their dark skin full of bones and swords
so unlike those demons who with
the paleness of the parched thirst
upon thirst and with clawed hands
tear at their own throats
both searching in ancient circles
The Resurrection of Mara Jade
The Resurrection of Mara Jade
Like millions of kids growing up in the 1980s, I spent many happy hours imagining what it would be like in the rosy future when George Lucas made new Star Wars movies. It was almost as difficult and delicious to imagine as adulthood.
Return of the Jedi came out in 1983, but many, many years would pass before we had new stories. In the meantime, we created our own stories with fan art, fan
Collection: Storage Areas or Twilight Zones?
Storage Areas or Twilight Zones?
Most basements and attics are part of the house, but not a part of the home.
Especially in childhood, these poorly-lighted areas are, at best, under a family’s occupation – but one can never trust that any spectral entities or spirits who might be there, abiding in the shadows, are ever fully loyal to the current family living in their home. Here’s a gallery of deviations to help you recall that first afternoon you eve
Mr. Holmes or On the Struggles of Human Mortality
“Mr. Holmes,” or, On the Struggles of Human Mortality
Outstanding in the Field
The upcoming film Mr. Holmes, based on the novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind” by Mitch Cullin, is about a 93 year old Sherlock Holmes who is in the process of writing his story and piecing together events from a 30 year old case that he feels is unfinished. In the midst of these endeavors Holmes is also trying to solve the mysteries of human
Tomasz Opasinski: So You Wanna Be In Pictures
Entertainment Advertising Creative Director
When his dream of one day being Captain of a naval vessel was taken away from him due to his irreparable poor eyesight, Tomasz Opasinski turned to his most powerful talent in life: he could draw and paint. Still in his native Poland, he enrolled in the School of Advertising, taking courses in computers and publishing.
The Polish Navy’s loss was an incalculable gain for worldwide creative arts lovers, especially fans of movies and the innovative movie poste
The Dead Zone
Julien Coquentin The Dead Zone
the dead zone
Julien Coquentin (bwiti) is a French “street art” photographer who captures people interacting with their environments, usually public spaces.
Sometimes the photos are “natural” captures in the moment. Sometimes the subjects are posed to become a part of the scene, sometimes as a comment on or extension of existing atmospheric art in the background, like graffiti (as in his series, “Please Draw me a Wall.”)
Cosplay Friday: X-Men
COSPLAY FRIDAY: Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters
Rogue Gambit I
The X-Men made their comic book debut in 1963 as a group of mutants who were born with superhuman powers and were feared and hated by society for being different from humans.
The inspiration for The X-Men came from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and was originally titled The Mutants. Marvel asked editor Stan Lee to change the title because they thought no one would know what the wor
Collection: Mt. Everest
Lighthouse and Mt Everest
To touch the face of God…
Until the manned spaceflights of the 1960s let humanity “slip the surly bonds of earth,” the closest one could get to the heavens was Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world. As the breathtaking gallery presented here well documents, there is probably no more awe-inspiring geographic formation in our world. The summit actually pierces the clouds, often obscuring the &