There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' Isaac Asimov

Inimicus Dei Constituitur

Daz Studio

When we left off, I had just put in a spotlight to give our main figure some definition and overall better illumination. I'm pretty happy at this point; I've got my light illuminating the scene (and it looks pretty good on the water of the stream) and its doing a nice job highlighting my figure and making him stand out from the background. The fill light I added shows off his physique to nice affect and illuminates some of the detail on his clothing.

 

Scintillant Portrait Lights

I don't ever want this site to become one of those 'buy this, this is neat' sites. Everything I will talk about will be something I have bought. I will always try to review things completely and give my honest opinions and recommendations. That being said, this post is going to be a little different. I've been waiting for this product from Khory (there's a link to her entire store) for a while. I've been a huge fan of her texture/material collections and her light sets for a long time. I'm not one to use pre-made light sets often. Generally, unless it is a set designed to work with a particular prop or environment, I buy light sets for inspiration and for adapting to my own needs. Khory always came up with unique lights and I always tried to pick them up to see what I could learn.

Lighting Outdoors in Iray with Sun and Sky (Part 1)

Final Render

In response to some posts on Facebook, I thought it might be a good idea to demonstrate some lighting techniques in Iray. This is not a tutorial, its what I'd call a practical example. I'm going to build an image, piece by piece and talk about my choices along the way. I will do my best to point out options as I go, but this is not supposed to be an exhaustive resource, just a example of how one might go about setting up their lighting for an image.