Lighting Challenge #6: Candle Light


Here is my asian prince altar. :slight_smile:

Rendered with RenderDrive in Maya (no sss unfortunately :cry: ).

Did a bit of cleaning up in photoshop.



hey some really nice entries people! I’m learning a lot of colour schemes by watching such varying styles (in itself the variance is interesting too).

I had to get back at it, didn’t like the results of previous arduous attempts and it didn’t feel right. I deleted my previous lights and camera’s And reworked it.

I’ve taken time to set it up for a wider range of exposures as well, Brazil has an option to exceed white (by alot in floats) which you can use for hdr and also different exposures. Puts materials through a rigorous test as well. (basically this is the same render, just in case, onyl exposure tweak. I’m going for realism on this one so thta’s why I spose))

first Brazil exposure preview control at 1

and exposure at 0.33

and exposure set at 3

(bit of a shame about the bright base of the candle, don’t know how that happens, must be an intersection of sorts)


Hi ! Maybe it’s too late but here is an evolution of my picture.
Of course your comments are welcome :wink:
I’ve learn so many things. Thanks to all !


Hello, I’m new on the forum, It’s my first time for a 3D Render Challenge… I have a very poor english, sorry…


Oh…It’s too late ?.. I don’t know…


Hello everybody! I’m new on the forum. I know it’s way too late to post anything here, but oh well, I couldn’t not to.
I still would so much appreciate your critics.

p.s. Guys you are all awesome artists, lots of simply amazing works. I learned seriously lot of stuff.
Big thanks Jeremy for his new book. Just finished reading it. Truly fountain of knowledge.


I just put up a first version of a gallery for this challenge.

If there are any mistakes, or if anyone whose work appears in the gallery doesn’t have their full name on-line, please PM me because you’ll only see the name from cgtalk in the copyright message under your work.



Thanks a lot for including my Image in your gallery Jeremy. I’m honored being on your site.

I’m using my full name on CGtalk
Do you mean I should include my name on the image itself ?? (as some kind of signature)


Mina -

Since it was on cgtalk, your full name appears in the copyright message below the image in the gallery. (right? PM me if not.)



Right, My full name is there, I just misunderstood what you were sayin’ the first time. thank you jeremy :slight_smile:


Hi jeremy as suggested by you i am now giving my entry for this challange hope it not too late.i have made it earlier but couldn’t post it .I have used SSS shader for candles and used MR for rendering in Maya but I have not used any GI solution.


Hey Yogesh -

That looks nice, but it seems very diffusely lit. Maybe it would look more like candle light if the light came from the candle flames and the scene wasn’t so evenly lit all over.



Thanks jeremy for your suggestion Now that’s the benefit of joing such a challange you learn so much from the experienced ppl but sorry for my ignorance but it would be easier for me to understand if you can show some image or some link related to my fault.Thanks again.


oh is the challenge finished ?
can i use this work ( i made it quickly to make a little vedio tutorial about candle flam)
this is the pics :

& this was a special gift :slight_smile: :

hope u like it


sorry, post error


It’s a bit late… but still want to share it. Hope you like it.


double posted… sorry. :slight_smile:


qqlan - That’s amazing! I love the soft shadow on the translucent screen. Great job!

al3ashiq64 - Thanks for posting. The flame looks good. Maybe if more of the light came from the candle flame instead of the environment, and the wax were a little more translucent, the scene would have more of a candle-lit look?



This thread is archived. If you scroll down to the Challenge #6 section of the downloads page, you’ll see that the models can still be downloaded for your tests, and also that a gallery has been made of top entries.

See you there,



Here is my render, Hope you guys like it.