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Hi there,

These are few frames from an animated short called “Hooked” for which i did the lighting,shading,rendering and 80% of the overall shots’s compositing.

I had alot of fun trying to come up with an underwater look that will also fit our render budget, the challenge was healthy!

I use Lightwave 3d 9.6 , Fusion 6 and Photoshop.

Cheers guys!


Nice piece Troy.
Other than the mug, everything looks very “used” and re-cleaned. I like that

I’m so happy this thread is still going, despite now being a little embarrassed by the ancient pieces I posted to kick it off. :slight_smile:


Hi all!

this is my last test-render on a scene modeled by myself in Maya. And I am trying hard to make it a nice job to get an award from any good galleries such as cgs or 3d total.

Rendering process was done by mental ray and post pro by Photoshop.

I strongly need your nice words to critique on me and show me my problems. thank you very much.

Here is the render before post procssing:

And after post pro by Photoshop(adding some brightness, contrast and grains):

And here’s my only reference to model and render this scene:


reduce refln on floor .


reduce refln on floor .

I assume you meant, “Try to reduce the reflection on the floor.” But I must disagree entirely. If you look at the reference photo, it’s actually MORE reflective, quite a bit more. On the left, you can clearly see the details of the sliding shoji doors in the floor’s reflection of them, for example.

@RasoulValli: I think you’ve done a great job here! Not precisely like your reference, but in some ways it’s even better. And at a glance, I find your postworked render to be as near photorealistic as your reference, really! Good work, keep it up.



this is my very first modell, made nealry 1,5 years ago, i just refreshed it with a new lightning, it is also my first “serious” lightning work. I am not completely satisfied with it but iam intrested in your oppinoions. I would like to get more details in the reflection, the highlights are very strong fron vray lights, but the reflection of the hdri seems lost.

whatever here it is: video on youtube

awaiting for your critics


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Hi … I would like to have some feedback on my render. I am learning lighting and would like some guidance on what is wrong in the render and how I can fix it . … Plz help me … Thank you … :slight_smile:


That image is really cool, the mood is just fantastic, only thing i would add to it is some volumes passing through the trees and maybe some floor fog. other than that i really dig it.


hey man … thanx for the feedback … I will look in to that … thanks alot … cheers … :slight_smile:


I’m a student and this is my first attempt at cinematic lighting, enjoy!
I consider it final, but I always like critics! :slight_smile:

edit: Made for the CG Lighting Challenge #16.
I did the lighting/Rendering/compositing, and some minor modeling.


which is cg? This is a match to live project I did in school. Any critique would be appreciated. The full breakdown is in my reel: website listed below.


the one on the right?


Hi all, Im used some old stuff for studies if mentalray for Live Action, follow some studies I hope you like it.


Hi all another piece, hope you like! Thx.


That is good zartan, I like the colors of this work


Hi miras, thx you!!! :slight_smile:


Hello everyone! I’ve seen so many wonderful works in this thread!

This is my first attempt to Lighting, what do you guys think about?


Here is the link were u guys can have a look to my works


These are some nice exercises!
Overall, I would say that right now all of your work is very categorized. It is either an environment or a character/object over a plain background. If you are looking to have your work considered at an animation company, I would start building some scenes with characters in an environment. Then you can tell the story of what’s happening through the lighting. Is it a scary scene with dark shadows and sharp lines? Or is it a very romantic scene with lots of saturated colors and diffusion? That would be my suggestion for your next step.

If there are any of these projects you are currently working on, let us know and we will give you a critique.