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Anna Smith
Lighting Assistance Needed!
on Apr 21, 2012 at 12:14:02 pm

I'm at the last stage of one of my Uni projects, however If I can get the lighting right on this one, the rest will be a breeze!

I've been watching tutorials for the last few days and I've made some progress but to be honest i don't really know what to look for.

My scene is of a topless model/pinup girl with a cigarette, diamonds, jewellery etc.

I want some retro 50s lighting like this...

But I can't seem to get the backdrop to look right, when it's completely black she looks like she's floating etc.

At the minute I have one area light affecting the walls and the woman. The diamonds have there own light that I set up using a different tutorial, they're not really a problem except they could sparkle more!

Using Mental Ray, Ray tracing is on etc. Don't know what I'm doing wrong.

This is the most recent render....

This is the scene file...

Have a pretty beefy PC so rendering is not a problem.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, or even just a point in the right direction!

Thank you

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Rob Dahl
Re: Lighting Assistance Needed!
on Apr 26, 2012 at 4:55:12 pm

The Film Noir style you are trying to achieve will require a completely different lighting setup. The two area lights need to be removed and specific lights providing Key, Fill and highlights, and background lighting. Then specific lights need to be applied to the diamonds only.

To better achieve this, use mental ray materials instead of Maya shaders. And render in Mentalray.

Can you provide a zip files of all your textures and I can help set this up if you wish.

Rob Dahl
Transparent Alchemy
Boulder City, NV 89005

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