You don’t need a spec map to get specular reflections, you just need to use the proper type of material (eg, Phong) or adjust the settings (specular exponent and specular level) to enable specular reflection. That will get you 99% of the way there, and if you really want to get that extra last 1% then you can use a spec map, but I don’t think it’s really necessary on something like fruit or a perfume bottle which should have pretty much constant parameter values across its surface.
I am currently using a blinn on all the fruit except the stems which I am using Phong E. Thats why i mentioned a spec map itself. Good call on the material change. Sometimes people just get caught up in the effects they forget a simple material change will help.
I have a question about the perfume bottles. Are the colors coming from the glass itself, or the liquid inside? Applying fairly different settings on each could help add visual depth to the bottles, though I can’t help with specific values as I use different software…
For the still life, I think you should tone down or remove the reflections on the background. It adds so much visual noise that it’s hard to focus on the bowl and it dulls down the fruits. Adding a warm key light on the fruits would make them look a lot more appetizing.
I’d also add strong speculars on the cherries to make them look glossy. The rest of the fruits seem okay.
For the banana specifically, Some varieties do look plastic-like, no don’t be too worried about that detail. Bananas seem to demonstrate a certain amount of subsurface scattering; bright yellow on the lit side, a little redder at the back. The green on the skin recedes to the ends of the banana as it ripens. Adding some blemishes would also help with making them look more organic.
This is a test render for the banana, just some random green and black spots. To fake the SSS I used a slightly reddish base color, and an extremely wide yellow-colored specular.
Wow, impressive insight. The SSS fake sounds way better than actually bumping up my render times with it on. It seems the overall consent is to adjust the backdrop. I’ve learned when you ask someone and they say one thing you ask someone else and if it varies then make your own suggestion if it doesn’t change it.
Thank you. For my first time I am getting back a lot of good feedback from the community besides friends and peers that just say “cool”.