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duskofdawns
05-24-2005, 05:31 AM
anyone have suggestions on a good book or two that specifically deal with lighting and rendering schemes? or some of the basics of great lighting techniques?

thnx.

chaoticbob
05-24-2005, 06:03 AM
I'd recommend Jeremy Birn's book - but I'm sure he'd like to recommend it himself :D

duskofdawns
05-24-2005, 05:19 PM
lol, ok thnx.

chaoticbob
05-24-2005, 07:24 PM
...but on a more serious note:

These are the two that I own that deal strictly with cg lighting they're both
pretty good, but I think Jeremy Birn's is more practical.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1562059548/qid=1116958973/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/102-4421213-4316139?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0240516893/ref=pd_sim_b_5/102-4421213-4316139?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance

I haven't found any good books on traditional lighting techniques yet. Maybe someone
can recommend some.

Akryls
05-24-2005, 08:49 PM
http://www.siggraph.org/education/materials/siggraph_courses/s96_course30.pdf

En excellent guide to the fundamentals of CG lighting...

popnGEAR
05-24-2005, 10:34 PM
Painting with Light by John Alton

Amaan
06-03-2005, 04:07 PM
>Painting with Light by John Alton

I second that. In fact, this book played a big part in helping me learn lighting. I would strongly recommend getting books on composition if you want to be good at lighting. Setting up lights in CG is EASY, but knowing where to put a light at what intensity and at what color is something that you can only learn by learning composition & color theory.

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