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Digital Lighting and Rendering from New Riders is a comprehensive 432 page book authored by 3D visual effects and animation artist, Jeremy Birn. Focused on topics relating to producing realistic-looking illumination with 3D rendering software, this publication features a broad array of techniques to produce lifelike lighting, shadows, and textures in your animations.
Develop Hollywood-style lighting techniques to produce high-quality results in any 3D application
Composite 3D models into real-world environments
Apply advanced rendering techniques using subsurface scattering, global illumination, caustics, occlusion, and high dynamic range images
Design realistic materials and paint detailed texture maps
Simulate different camera properties, including aperture settings, exposure times, and depth of field effects as well as develop natural color temperature settings for more realistic renderings
Learn to render in multiple passes for greater efficiency and control
Understand how production processes work at visual effects and animation studios
Practice building your lighting reel for sharing your work to potential clients