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Digital Lighting and Rendering by Jeremy Birn

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[Chapter Four] Lighting Environments and Architecture

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To light natural environments and architectural spaces, you need to be aware of the environment around you. Direct light from the sun, soft illumination from the sky, and indirect light blend their colors and tones in subtle ways. This chapter discusses how you can use these three elements to simulate natural light outdoors and indoors, by day or by night. Different kinds of artificial light, from flashlights to desk lamps to streetlights, require equal care to simulate realistic throw patterns and illumination in your scene. You can use atmosphere, from fog and dust in the air to thicker participating ...

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