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Digital Lighting and Rendering

By Jeremy Birn

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Format: Paperback, 464 pages, 3rd Revised edition Edition
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 November 2013
Learn the fine art and craft of digital lighting and rendering from an experienced pro whose lighting work you've seen in blockbuster films such as Monsters University, Toy Story 3, Up, WALL-E, Ratatouille, and The Incredibles. Jeremy Birn draws on his wealth of industry and teaching experience to provide a thoroughly updated edition of what has become the standard guide to digital lighting and rendering. Using beautiful, full-color examples; a friendly, clear teaching style; and a slew of case studies and tutorials, Jeremy demonstrates how to create strategic lighting for just about any project using any 3D application. By explaining not just how to use various lighting techniques but why, this guide provides the grounding graphics pros need to master Hollywood lighting techniques.* Learn how to pinpoint problems with your lighting and solve them to produce professional results. * Break scenes into passes and layers, and convincingly composite 3D models into real-world environments.* Adopt a linear workflow for more convincing lighting, global illumination, and compositing.* Apply advanced rendering techniques using subsurface scattering, physically based lighting, caustics, and high dynamic range images.* Build a bigger bag of tricks by learning "old-school" approaches such as tweaking shadow maps, faking GI with occlusion passes, and other cheats and tricks that save render time.* Develop realistic materials and shaders, and design and assign detailed texture maps to your models.* Mimic photographic exposure and cinematography techniques to simulate real-life f-stops, lens breathing, bokeh effects, and Kelvin color temperatures for more photorealistic renderings.* Learn to light characters and environments in different situations: day or night; natural or artificial lights; indoors or outdoors; and in clear air, thick atmosphere, or under water.* Understand production pipelines at visual effects and animation studios, and prepare for collaborative work on large lighting teams* Get the latest insights into industry trends, and how to develop your lighting reel and get a job in an increasingly competitive industry.* Download many of the 3D scenes used in this book from the author's website to try texturing, lighting, and compositing on your own

Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter One Fundamentals of Lighting DesignChapter Two Lighting Basics and Good Practices Chapter Three Shadows and Occlusion Chapter Four Lighting Environments and Architecture Chapter Five Lighting Creatures, Characters, and Animation Chapter Six Cameras and Exposure Chapter Seven Composition and Staging Chapter Eight The Art and Science of Color Chapter Nine Shaders and Rendering Algorithms Chapter Ten Designing and Assigning Textures Chapter Eleven Rendering in Layers and Passes for Compositing Chapter Twelve Production Pipelines and Professional Practices Appendix Getting a Job in 3D GraphicsIndex

About the Author

Jeremy Birn has been a Lighting Technical Director at Pixar since 2002, and has lit shots in movies including Brave, Toy Story 3, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Cars 1 and 2, and The Incredibles. He has previously done visual effects and lighting work at companies including Tippett Studios, CBS Television, Wild Brain, and Palomar Pictures. He also has taught advanced lighting and rendering at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and the California Institute of the Arts, and has taught master classes in Maya at Autodesk.

EAN: 9780321928986
ISBN: 0321928989
Publisher: New Riders Publishing
Dimensions: 23.3 x 19.4 x 2.1 centimetres (0.91 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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