Monday, 16 January 2012

Modelling Update 16/1/12: Experimenting with Lighting

Even though the modelling and texturing process isn't quite finished yet, I played around with lighting what I've already put in place. Whilst working, I've consistently had this bright image in mind, but through experimenting with lighting, my ideas have shifted somewhat.
The following lighting setups are significantly more 'brooding' than my previous renders, and in all honesty, I'd sort of tried to keep away from this approach, as I felt it appeared as if I would be making things deliberately darker in an attempt to squeeze a little more drama out of the scene. After the interesting accident with Maya yesterday, my opinion regarding a darker scene changed, and this led me to try out alternative lighting techniques. These experiments are a pleasant change to what I was striving for initially, and its looking more and more likely I'll be going down this road in order to really push my scene to its limits.

 This render is lit by spotlights alone, drawing the attention towards the tables. I really liked how the light played across the seating, so I used this method in the next render.

This render is similar to the render above, although the spotlights have been dimmed significantly on all but one table, to draw more attention to the birthday setup at the back of the scene (which I have also decided to bring forward a table, simply to create a balance between the diner environment and the props).  I also brought more of the colour out of the scene by placing an ambient light high up in the ceiling. Whilst it doesn't light the scene significantly, it brings out the areas of diner which would not be lit by the spotlights alone.

Just out of curiosity, I took the previous render into Photoshop and desaturated it. Wow. I adore this film noir-like render. I know black and white is yet another method of forcing a particular, brooding sense of drama upon the audience, but it fits unbelievably well with the 1950's setting. It really compliments the reflective sheen of the scene, accentuating each glisten of light across linoleum. Really, really like this image.


  1. well done steven!!! look so professional, you should be proud!! :O

  2. I'm keeping stoom - because I'm looking forward to seeing how you call this one - just remember the brief; it might just be possible that the noir stylings will rob your scene of any peculiarity, simply because it will make complete and unambiguous sense. Yes - it's certainly filmic, but also, in this sense, it is familiar and safe - just saying. And also, I think you should seek to stage the balloons etc. more obviously - get some additional lighting in there (which I'm sure you're already on top of!). I look forward to your presentation.

  3. This is looking amazing Steven!!!! Well done :D