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February 27, 2017

DIE Relight

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February 27, 2017

Previously, I posted my lighting job on here, and I was pretty proud of the renders. For those of y’all fresh to the blog, you can read about it here.

I soon found out that despite that one shot looking really good, the lighting didn’t look good from every angle. In this shot, we see the same animation from a couple of perspectives, so it had to look good from every angle. So I sat down today and added some new lights. I worked from the same reference, but also referenced our color story, which I hadn’t done previously. I knew that I needed to lessen the contrast and boost the color. Here’s the results of the new relight:

Face of the ship, before and after the relight.

The face was the part I liked before, so I was a little sad to see it go. That said, I do also like the new lighting. It’s much bluer, better illuminated, and still has that horror/noir under lighting that gives it the dramatic feel.

Side of the ship, before and after the relight.

The side of the ship is really where the magic happened. Where the ship once disappeared into the background and left the silhouette completely obscured, the new lighting adds color to the ship and removes it from the background. This lighting is much better, so viewers can instantly see where the ship is in the frame.

NOTE: I can’t take all the credit for this lighting improvement. Matt Mlodzienski also placed lights at each of the thrusters that illuminated the ship as if those thrusters were producing light. Thanks for the help, Matt!

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