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    Faking light

    Does anyone know of any good resources for faking light? I have references that don't fit might light source so I need to sort of fake it. Any tips?

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    Experience. Sorry.

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    Least people didn't suggest lens flare.

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    Sounds like sorry is quite useful stuff...

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    Model the pose you need and the lighting you want. Use that as the light pattern and the photo ref for the details. If the thing you need to light isn't a figure, build a very simple model of it and light it and then use the ref.

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    Or get a photo reference for the light you want and a photo reference of the object and try to work out for yourself how the one would apply to the other. It's a great brain exercise.

    Or, if you're under deadline -- FAKE! FAKE LIKE THE WIND!

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    Depending on what sort of objects/lighting you're trying to recreate, it's sometimes helpful to try to replicate the scene in the real world. If I'm really confused on how to apply lighting in a certain situation, I'll sometimes make some rough figures out of white modeling clay, pose them on a white surface, and use a flexible desk lamp to put the lighting where I want it. It's not a perfect method, but if "faking it" is your goal, it certainly gives you a viable starting point to work from.

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    Yep...and all of that is part of experience....AND underrstanding. Gurney's books would be invaluable resources for providing insight into "faking light".

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    Gurney's books would be invaluable resources for providing insight into "faking light".

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    Thanks Jeff. A big improvement on "Experience. Sorry."!

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    Here's a quick Photoshop demo from a course on colour in digital painting that I gave a few years ago, applying the principles that I linked to (no model used for this one!):



    This recent post on James Gurney's blog shows how close we are to being able to automate the whole process:

    http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/20...hotograph.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms.Quelquefois View Post
    Does anyone know of any good resources for faking light? I have references that don't fit might light source so I need to sort of fake it. Any tips?
    Yep!!Go back to the beginning and learn the fundementals properly. You will then know where the light should be light, half, shadow and reflected.


    Hope this helps.

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    Learning the fundementals is not easy and can be boring due to repetition ( i speak from experience here) but you need to do this to become any good at creating drawn or painted imagery at a Professional Standard.

    In other words, there are no short cuts.


    Hope this helps

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