12 tips for realistic 3D lighting

Lighting is fundamental in any 3D art project you work on. At the most basic level, it’s a way of making objects visible. But cinematographers will tell you how lighting is much more. 

Lighting enables you to bring mood to a piece and set the tone. It allows you to subtly manipulate the viewer to look where you want them to. It is also a way to elevate your work out of the 3D realm, giving the warmth of an oil painting or the feel of a photograph.

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Djordje works as a generalist TD at Double Negative, usually focussed on lighting and the development of how projects look. When not working, he is being inspired by films, especially Korean cinematography, and music.