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Understanding lighting better

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Hey yall,

 

As I've figured out since starting c4d, lighting is such an important and advanced topic that I'm going to need to really take stuff to the next level. What are some ways you learned to understand  lighting and how light works when you started out? Any books, articles, etcc.

 

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Hi

 

Photography all the way.  Learn the real lighting of photography, that's a good place to start.  Even a basic 3 point lighting set up does wonders combined with getting the light size right for either soft or hard shadows.  Changing the colour temperature changes the mood, great for fills, and rim lights I find.  You can get light kits for C4D, it mimicks studio lighting so this is great to learn from the real world to the virtual one.

 

Dan

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  • 42 minutes ago, Rectro said:

    Hi

     

    Photography all the way.  Learn the real lighting of photography, that's a good place to start.  Even a basic 3 point lighting set up does wonders combined with getting the light size right for either soft or hard shadows.  Changing the colour temperature changes the mood, great for fills, and rim lights I find.  You can get light kits for C4D, it mimicks studio lighting so this is great to learn from the real world to the virtual one.

     

    Dan

    Thanks for the tip. What do you mean by the "real lighting of photography" though?

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     I second the use of photo lighting books .

     

    I think Dan is referring to the use of actual real world lights, like they use in photography. Studio lighting for product shots or portrait lighting from the 30's, books like that will teach you about what kind of lights and set up will produce different effect or looks.

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    Many jump into 3d never having learnt any practical lighting concepts from real physical lighting in the real world, but only in the virtual one in 3D.  So rather than look to training in just how to light in 3D look to training in photography lighting, then apply that into the 3d world.  They both apply but I found more helpful info in photography books and videos.

     

    PS: What Ion said.

     

    Dan

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  • 49 minutes ago, Rectro said:

    Many jump into 3d never having learnt any practical lighting concepts from real physical lighting in the real world, but only in the virtual one in 3D.  So rather than look to training in just how to light in 3D look to training in photography lighting, then apply that into the 3d world.  They both apply but I found more helpful info in photography books and videos.

     

    PS: What Ion said.

     

    Dan

     

    53 minutes ago, ion said:

    Hi

     

     I second the use of photo lighting books .

     

    I think Dan is referring to the use of actual real world lights, like they use in photography. Studio lighting for product shots or portrait lighting from the 30's, books like that will teach you about what kind of lights and set up will produce different effect or looks.

    Understood. Thank you both for the help.

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