Ok here is a cheeky one. We have been creating 3d models for some time now for presentation to clients etc and use raytraced images with antialias. Although we are geting pretty good at these, we fall down every time on realistic lighting. The final image tends to be too bleached and always looks just like a 3d graphic rather than a building in a real world environment. I've attached an example image.
Does anyone have a set of settings that they regularly use as default lighting settings? (that's the cheeky bit)
We often have to have lighting levels set high just to get "white" materials to look white!
Any help gratefuly received!
Since you have very sharp shadows and are talking about Raytracing with antialias, I presume you are using a version prior to V8i. Since I do not have V8 anymore, I must do this from memory, so bear with me.
Also some suggestions to improve image quality.
Search the Bentley Select area to find a lightring created by Jerry Flynn. This is a ring with distant lights placed in a circle. One of these lights is a very bright one, replacing the solar light. The lightring works as a Light Probe as described by Louis-Paul, except that a light probe is way cooler.
Reference the lightring into your design and turn on the 'Use Lights' option in the reference dialog.
Turn off all other lights (solar, ambient, anything) in your design.
Test render to see if you like the results.
Rotate the Light Ring reference to your needs.
Alter the lights in the light ring to your needs.
#2 Particle Trace
There's a render mode called Particle Trace which you should definitly have a look at. The results and handling are different from Raytracing, so it needs some getting used to. This takes some time.
#3 Image quality
Up the amount of antialiase samples, and us Depth of field for close ups.
Also a you could turn on fog/distant cueing, to simulate the effect of details becoming vague when far away from camera. Use very moderatly though.
See if you can reduce the Moiré effect on the roofs. There's a toggle for this somewhere.
Make the cars stand out less. They draw attention away from a beautyful design.
In the material editor, increase the light diffusion for your building. It can improve the white, without messing with lights.
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I've been using SelectSeries1 this week and the results "straight from the box" are mind blowing compared to what i was capable of before! Thing is, I am only using default lighting and this tends to have an orangey tint to it. If I switch off default lighting, it goes mad and everything is way too bright. I would have hoped that default lighting would be a starting point and I could subtlely change the odd setting.
Would attach an image but I can't see how I can in this reply!!