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A while back I had someone on another site ask me if I wouldn't mind putting together a tutorial of my basic figure light setup in DAZ Studio. I figured it was worth re-posting here (and maybe, if it proves popular, I'll do a G-rated version at some point in the future).

Lighting a full scene can be a little more complex, but it would just use an extension of these basic approaches. My technique comes from a variety of sources: looking at painters, critically analyzing TV and cinema lights, and from my time as a school portrait photographer.

While this tutorial is a couple of years old, my technique hasn't changed much. The main thing I usually do different now is use Distant Lights, instead of spots, and my main and rim lights are usually raytraced. But using spots and shadow maps can also yield fine results.

If you find this helpful, please let me know :D
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:icondjgaijin:
One thing I really don't get is how the color of the lighting affects the results beyond just hue. I notice you have some of these lights set to gray or nearly black. Isn't that just the same as white but not as bright? How is a light set to 50% gray and 100% intensity different from a light set to 100% white and 50% intensity?
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Arcas-Art Feb 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah, basically I'm just trying to define where the light value sits on a scale of black to white. As far as the tradeoffs in switching up intensity and color, I never tested to see how similar those results would be. I'm guessing pretty similar, though.

I really do need to update this and find a better visual and written language to explain the concepts. Of course any good studio photography book is helpful, too!
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:icondjgaijin:
Hey, I'm a little confused by this tutorial. your main light looks like it's placed behind the model in the diagram. Is that right? :confused:
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Arcas-Art Jan 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm sorry about that illusion. It's in front of her, pointing down from above. I really need to figure out a better way to present the material.
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moriza Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks ... these setup really working ... but i want to know what you mean about 50%-90% grey things?
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Arcas-Art Jun 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
I know.... I really should have used better language. It really means using "white" as your light color and then setting the intensity at 10% (for 90% black) or 50% (for 50% black).
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moriza Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:) thanks for explanation
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:iconkane809:
Good stuff.Thanks!:chew:
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Arcas-Art Mar 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome. Good luck!
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:iconpeachmog:
It's so difficult and hard on light source on drawing/painting user. This would be easy and understanding material. Thanks!
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