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Autodesk Maya 2013 Essentials by Paul Naas

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Chapter 13

Let There Be Light: Lighting Your Shot

Lighting plays a big part in establishing the feel and mood of a scene. Any given scene can be made to look inviting, scary, or any other look you’re going for simply by the type, number, and intensity of the lights you place in the scene. The basics of lighting are easy to learn and, once mastered, can be applied to a variety of scenes.

  • Understanding the three-point lighting system
  • Using the lights
  • Lighting your scene
  • Performing light linking

Understanding the Three-Point Lighting System

There are some exceptions, but most scenes are lit with the three-point lighting system. The three-point lighting system is a technique for making sure that elements of the scene are well lit and stand out ...

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