HOW TO GET STARTED: File Downloads, Tutorials, & Rules...


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Lighting Challenges are scenes that you can download and light to improve or show-off your lighting and rendering skills. For an overview of all of the challenges, the download files, the entries, and tutorials and breakdowns of how they were made, start here:

  [http://www.3dRender.com/challenges/](http://www.3dRender.com/challenges/)

MIRROR FOR NEW CHALLENGES ARE PRESENT IN THE THREAD
ALSO LINKS FOR OLD CHALLENGES PRESENT (edited by jojo)

  [b]F[/b]requently [b]A[/b]sked [b]Q[/b]uestions

  [b]Q: [/b]How do I post images?

  [b]A:[/b] You can use the "Attach Files" button below your post to attach a .JPG image, which will appear as a little thumbnail below your post that people need to click on. You can also upload your file to your own website or use a site such as [www.imageshack.us](http://www.imageshack.us) to upload your image and use the direct link that the site gives you when your done. More information on posting images can be found [here](http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=267104) and [here](http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?p=2541155).

  [b]Q: [/b]Is it OK if I change the models, shaders, textures, or camera angles?

  [b]A:[/b] Adjustments to the scenes are OK, and sometimes necessary. When importing models into different programs, you may find that changes are needed to produce smooth looking surfaces. As long as you stay focused on what you can achieve through lighting, instead of trying to impress people with other skills, nobody minds what you edit in pursuit of a high quality rendering.

  [b]Q:[/b] Is it prohibited to use a technique such as compositing, retouching, global illumination, or raytracing?

  [b]A:[/b] No production techniques are banned. Go ahead and do whatever you want. However, if you look through some of the entries here, you will notice that many entries achieve strong lighting through simple set-ups that don't use all the fancy algorithms. Don't assume that everyone will like your work better if you use a slower or more complex technique.

  [b]Q:[/b] Is there a deadline?

  [b]A:[/b] Yes, there are deadlines posted at the start of each challenge. When a challenge is over, a gallery will be assembled of top entries. However, even after a challenge closes, files will still be available for you to try lighting and rendering the scene yourself.

  [b]Q:[/b] I posted an image and nobody replied yet – how can I get people to give me feedback?

  [b]A:[/b] There are no guarantees in life, but here are a few ideas for how to get more feedback:

[ol]
[li]Look at other recently posted work and give other people the kind of thoughtful, constructive feedback that you’d like to receive yourself.[/li][li]Post a breakdown of your scene’s lighting, including screenshots of the lights, renders with different lights solo’d, and passes (if it consists of more than one pass) – this informs other people of how you are doing your work, gives people more to comment on, and also bumps your post up to the top in the forum.[/li][li]If you have specific concerns or problems, mention in your post what issues you are working on or need help with.[/li][/ol]Everyone is welcomed here, but please keep the tone of this forum professional in nature. If a post doesn’t directly relate to these challenges, please put it in another forum.

 -jeremy

#2

Hope others interested in building on their lighting skills will find this helpful. Below is a list of all of the lighting challenge threads ordered numerically. Click on the image thumbnail to go to the original lighting challenge thread.

Other than Lighting Challenge #33: Rule Them All, I have all of the project files that were originally posted for each of the challenges should any of the links be inactive.

Lastly, to help newcomers to the industry, it certainly would be helpful to see lighting breakdowns so as to better understand (learn) approaches that are being used to: build up the scene lighting, light placement, passes, renderer settings applied, etc. - especially from seasoned industry members.

Guidelines

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=185&t=319005

Index

Challenges 01 - 10
Challenges 11 - 19
Challenges 20 - 29
Challenges 30 - 38
Challenges 39 -


#3

Challenge #01: Fruit Bowl

C4D
MB
OBJ
XSI

Challenge #02: Four Scripts

3DS
MB
OBJ

Challenge #03: Hairy Hare

IGES
OBJ

Challenge #04: Bottle Collection

3DS
LWO
MB
OBJ

Challenge #05: Under The Boardwalk

LWO
MA
MAX
OBJ
XSI

Challenge #06: Candle Light

C4D
FBX
LWO
MAX
OBJ

Challenge #07: An Eye for an Eye

3DSC4D
FBX
DXF
FBX
MA
OBJ

Challenge #08: Haunted Hallway

C4D
FBX
LWO
MAX
MAX9
MB
OBJ
XSI

Challenge #09: Neon and Chrome

C4D
FBX
LWO
MAX
MB
OBJ
XSI

Challenge #10: Flying Spaghetti Monster

BLENDER
C4D
FBX
LWO
MAX
MB
OBJ
XSI


#4

Challenge #11: Brand X

3DS
C4D
FBX
IGES
MAYA
OBJ
XSI

Challenge #12: Halloween

3DS
C4D
FBX
LWO
MB
OBJ
XSI

Challenge #13: Christmas

[BLENDER](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/13-Christmas _BLEND.rar)
[FBX](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/13-Christmas _FBX.rar)
LWO
[MA](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/13-Christmas MA.rar)
OBJ
XSI

Challenge #14: The Local Train

BLENDER
FBX
LWO
MA
MAX
OBJ
XSI

Challenge #15: Film Noir

[BLENDER](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/15-FilmNoir _Blend.rar)
[C4D](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/15-FilmNoir _C4D.rar)
[FBX](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/15-FilmNoir _FBX.rar)
[LWO](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/15-FilmNoir _LWO.rar)
[MA](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/15-FilmNoir _MA.rar)
[MAX](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/15-FilmNoir _MAX.rar)
[OBJ](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/15-FilmNoir _OBJ.rar)
[XSI](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/15-FilmNoir _XSI.rar)

Challenge #16: The Lighthouse

3DS
3DS2009
BLEND
FBX
HOUDINI
LWO
MA
OBJ
XSI

Challenge #17: Natural History

3DS
HOUDINI
LWO
MA
MULTI PART FBX
MULTI PART OBJ
OBJ
XSI

Challenge #18: Science Fiction

[3DS](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/18-ScienceFiction _3DS.rar)
[BLENDER](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/18-ScienceFiction _BLEND.rar)
[FBX](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/18-ScienceFiction _FBX.rar)
[LWO](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/18-ScienceFiction _LWO.rar)
[MA](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/18-ScienceFiction _MA.rar)
[MAX9](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/18-ScienceFiction _MAX9.rar)
[OBJ](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/18-ScienceFiction _OBJ.rar)
[XSI](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/18-ScienceFiction _XSI.rar)
[FBX 2ND VERSION](http://forumleaders.s3.amazonaws.com/challenges/lighting/18-ScienceFiction _FBX-2.rar)

Challenge #19: The King’s Treasure

3DS
BGEO
LWO
LXO
MB
OBJ
XSI


#5

Challenge#20:TheShopGirls

3DS
LWO
MB
OBJ
XSI

Challenge#21:TheBedroom

3DS
FBX
LWO
MA
OBJ
XSI

Challenge#22:TheCarnival

BLENDER
FBX
MA
OBJ

Challenge#23:MadScience

FBX
LWO
LXO
MA

Challenge#24:TheCabin

BLENDER
FBX
LWO
MAYA
OBJ

Challenge#25:Artistry

FBX
LWO
MA
OBJ

Challenge#26:Matinee

FBX
MA
OBJ

Challenge#27:52MainSt.

FBX
MA
OBJ

Challenge#28:Captain’sLog

BLENDER
FBX
MAX
OBJ

Challenge#29:Gusteau’sKitchen(Ratatouille)

BLENDER
MAX2012
OBJ
FBX
MA


#6

Challenge#30:OldSchoolSmoke,NoSmoke

OBJ

Challenge#31:TheEnchantedForest

REFERENCEPACK
ABC
HIGHRESOBJ
MAX
MB
MEDRESOBJ
OBJ
FBX
>> MUSHROOMSFBXONLY
>> ROCKONLYFBX
>> SPLITLAYERSFBX
>> TREESONLYFBX
>> CATERPILLARONLY

Challenge#32:ArchitecturalLandmark"Intermezzo"

REFERENCES
TADAOANDOKOSHINO’SHOUSE

Challenge#33:RuleThemAll
(see34,and35)

Challenge#34:Interior

OBJ
REFERENCES

Challenge#35: Compositing challenge

Send me a pm for the models

Challenge#36:ALightBeforeDeath

MAYASCENE

Challenge#37:BayAreaTransit

OBJ

Challenge#38:UrbanDecay

FBX
MAX
MAYA
OBJ


#7

you got captain’s log/52 main st/enchanted forest?

because the links do not work
well enchanted forest doesn’t seem to have a link


#8

Challenge #39: Bottle Redux

FBX
OBJ

Challenge #40: Junk Room

COLLADA
OBJ
CINEMA 4D

Challenge #41: Vanista SSS

C4D
FBX

Challenge #42: Piper’s Alley

FBX
MA
MAX
OBJ

Challenge #43: Tears in the Rain

OBJ

Challenge #44: Getty Benchmark Challenge

ZIP: Water Glass
ZIP: Milk Glass
ZIP: Milk Glass (All)
ZIP: Egg Yolk (All)
ABC: Coins/Glass
FBX: Coins/Glass (V1)
FBX: Coins/Glass (V2)

REFERENCES
>> Yolks
>> Glasses 1
>> Glasses 2
>> Gelato
>> Coins

Challenge #45: Awesome XMAS Challenge

MAYA MB
Abc Alembic
FBX


#9

Hi,

Is there any way I can get the files for this challenge? I can’t seem to find a link anywhere. Thank you!


#10

Just choose the last challenges and Jojo gives the files link in the first post


#11

so there’s the files

OBJ
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2F8ZSjj_IxtdlZVeWkxdGtLZkk/edit?usp=sharing
MAX
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2F8ZSjj_IxtNjdCRDlSdTBwbVE/edit?usp=sharing
MAYA
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2F8ZSjj_IxtWVBGMUFfYkdMLWM/edit?usp=sharing

if you need any other file or if this link are broken send me a pm :wink:
Giorgio


#12

Hello there’s the link to the files

max
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2F8ZSjj_IxtNjdCRDlSdTBwbVE/edit?usp=sharing

maya
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2F8ZSjj_IxtWVBGMUFfYkdMLWM/edit?usp=sharing

obj
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2F8ZSjj_IxtdlZVeWkxdGtLZkk/edit?usp=sharing

for any problem or question just send me a pm
Giorgio


#13

Thanks JoJo :slight_smile:
I’ll pm if I have any questions


#14

Where can I find the links to the enchanted forest scene. Sorry, I’ve searched the website and can’t find them.


#15


Fast Challenge

New fast challenge
Maya Files

main thread here


#16

The following archives are reported as having checksum errors. Tested in Winrar 5.40 beta 4 :

28-CaptainsLog_MA.rar: The archive is either in unknown format or damaged
32-ArchitecturalLandmark_Trees_OBJ.zip: The archive is corrupt
35-Compositing_Lambo_MAX.zip: The archive is corrupt
35-Compositing_Lambo_OBJ.zip: The archive is corrupt
35-Compositing_Lambo_References.zip: The archive is corrupt
35-Compositing_Lambo_References_2.zip: The archive is corrupt
35-Compositing_Pontiac_FBX.zip: The archive is corrupt
35-Compositing_Pontiac_OBJ.zip: The archive is corrupt
35-Compositing_Robby_OBJ.zip: The archive is corrupt
35-Compositing_Robby_References.zip: The archive is corrupt
28-CaptainsLog_OBJ.rar: Checksum error in Captains_Log.obj. The file is corrupt
31-EnchantedForest_Split_Layers_FBX.zip: The archive is corrupt
32-ArchitecturalLandmark_FansworthHouse_DAE.zip: The archive is corrupt
32-ArchitecturalLandmark_FansworthHouse_FBX.zip: The archive is corrupt
32-ArchitecturalLandmark_Tadao_Ando_OBJ.zip: The archive is corrupt


#17

Sometimes it give me the same problem due to download from multiple source with a plugin like downloadthemall. Can you retry with some of the files and see if the error persists ? Thanks
G.


#18

Nope, they’re broken … they were fine before though. Tried three different browser on two OS platforms, four archive tools.


#19

Ok I’ll try to fix them


#20

If you need working versions of the archives, I still have them available online … send me a PM if you need the info.

Cheers,