How to create magic with a single 3D light

Whoa – what?

Just one light?

Are you kidding?

Actually, this IS where all the magic happens. Get one of them right – and the rest will fall into place…

So much can be done with a single light. In this 5 min video, I´ll talk about a few good pointers on how you can get creative with just a single light.

That´s right…

No more placing 27 lights to get your scene look good. Just one!

Watch this 5 min overview:

And watch this 8 min video, where I demonstrate how to light a peer with a single light in DAZ Studio:

Allright, I hope you enjoyed the videos! Were they helpful? I´d love to hear from you! Also, please pass it on to your Facebook friends!

Thanks a bunch!


6 Responses to “How to create magic with a single 3D light”

  1. Rowan Chisholm May 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    Very helpful!
    These videos gave me some ideas I am going to be trying out immediately. I love it when you get specific and show us exactly how to be effective on a shoestring. Thank you!

  2. Kim aka Amethyst25 May 24, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    Oh this was so helpful.. I do so much better with seeing and hearing someone describe what to do, then going back to a manual and reading about it. I really liked that you showed changing the ambeint on the props to help bring it out. I would have never thought to do that.

    Thank you!

  3. Waldemar Belwon May 24, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    Awesome guys, thanks for your comments!

  4. Doug Harris May 24, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    I like how you showed the importance of shadow play and the best light for the situation. Changing the ambient property was a great tip.
    Thank you

  5. Terras Jadeonar May 25, 2010 at 12:22 am #

    Finally, at last, its nice to see some emphasis and support for single light setups (instead of the usual 3-point system).

    I don’t use D|S, but rather Carrara instead (C8 Pro now). Whenever possible, I try to use a single light, especially for outdoors settings.

    In my own experience, it’s always produced great results. No multiple shadows from multiple lights, or lights and highlights from angles where there shouldn’t be any. Just pure Sunlight and Global Illumination.

    Even indoors, a single well placed light can make or break the mood and atmosphere.

    That being said, there is always something new to learn, and in your quick video lesson was more examples for particular situations. Videos like these are great since the ideas and concepts are portable over to other apps (like Carrara). Thanks for the examples and ideas. 🙂

  6. Juan May 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm #

    Cool, thanks very useful as ever. illumination drives me crazy (but thanks to your basic3dcourse and took him much better). “Could one day help to illuminate a room with artificial light? and said … you’re the best

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