Create god rays in V-Ray

God rays image

In real-world photography, rays of light are at their most visible when they have a surface to bounce off, such as dust, pollen or a mist. When these sources are unavailable, isolating the light against a dark surface generally works well.

In the virtual computer environment, these same beams or shafts of light can be simulated with an effect known as volumetric lighting, or god rays. This is useful for creating atmosphere and suspense in 3D movies, for example, or to add an extra layer of realism to any CG scene.

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Simon works freelance at 3DArtvision. He has worked professionally both as an architectural visualiser and 3D artist for 20 years in Holland and the UK