I’ll be very brief today.
In my previous travel/photography post (the one about Warwick Castle) I mentioned the benefits of photographing during the so-called Golden Hours (early morning or late afternoon). I also flippantly said that 3D digital artists should look at emulating this more often because the lighting in so many works is very bland.
Well, I’ve set as my post header the Warwick Castle photo that was the trigger for my comment. Now let’s see how easy it is to do this in a 3D application. I’ve picked DAZ Studio using Iray as the render engine. I’ve done this to make it quick and easy on myself (albeit that using Bryce is probably even easier – but not as many people use that these days).
I’ve also pickedÂ Dystopia City Blocks as the subject of my experimentation. Besides being well designed and therefore an attractive subject, as at the writing of this post they are free.
In the render settings in DAZ Studio for NVIDIA’s Iray you have a panel relating to Environment and within that you can set Longitude, Latitude, date and time of day (see picture below). This means that you really have control over light.
I won’t bore you with details of this as you should be able to experiment yourselves. But here are some of my renders, starting with a noon render and then experiments at different settings in search of a nice Golden Hours shot.
I must admit that while I can see a time and a place for a noon shot, those other shots with slightly richer colours and/or more shadows do interest me more.