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FLYING SAUCERS 101
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Flying Saucer Poster
Flying Saucer Movie
Lighting effects are subtle, but have a HUGE impact on the final quality of your pictures. Our brains are used to seeing complex shadows in nature, and if they're missing, "something" looks artificial. A "well lit" scene can be very convincing.
Here's a look at software that calculates HOW light should behave in a 2D background, and adds it to 3D objects with appropriate lighting sources. It looks incredibly believable thanks to virtual lighting and shadow!
HOW TO CREATE SHADOWS
1. ADD a CUSTOM LIGHT
Start in "Quad View" mode (tap the period on your numeric keypad)
Use BUILD | ADD LIGHT
from the dropdown menu
The default is an "INFINITE" light - it can be effected by it's DIRECTION, but not it's LOCATION. That means you can AIM it, but moving it around on the screen has no effect.
The new light will appear at the top of your scene - hit F to see it
Try to SELECT and ROTATE it so that it has a slight angle from the SIDE and FRONT
(Note - MOVING it will have no significance since it is an "INFINITE" light)
2. CREATE SHADOWS
Double click the LIGHT
Choose ADVANCED, and turn on "CASTS SHADOWS".
The light is now
of creating shadows, but none will appear until you complete step 3 below.
3. DISPLAY SHADOWS
Double click the SAUCER (or whatever object you want)
Toggle on CASTS and RECIEVES in the Shadow options.
The shadows will appear when you
an image of your scenes... keep going to the next lesson!
Create and name a NEW SCENE, and build your saucer into it.
Use one of the digital pictures of the FRONT OF THE SCHOOL (from the HANDOUTS - IMAGES - DIGITAL PICS - SCHOOL folder) as your background.
Your task is to adjust the lighting to make the most CONVINCING fake photo you can, and submit it for marks.
HINT - Observe the angle that the sun is at in the background.
Submit your 800x600 jpg using the name "
NEXT: PHOTO TIME! Take a picture using
help on how to format text
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