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Chapter 11. Lights > Illuminating Scenes

Illuminating Scenes

In addition to making scenes more beautiful, working with light has practical applications. For instance, suppose you create a model of an office building for a prospective client. The client will want to see what it will look like under different lighting conditions. How will the building cast shadows? How will shadows be cast upon it? At what angle will light enter the windows at different times of the day and year?

The color and angle of a light place a scene in time and space. For morning or evening scenes, make the sun a warm color such as yellow, orange, or red. Then place the light source at a low angle (Figure 11.2). Cooler white lights placed at a high angle suggest the sun shining at midday. To make a midday scene more interesting, add clouds to the sky and project shadows from them (Figure 11.3). Fill lights above the ground should be blue or gray to match the sky. Fill lights below the ground should be green or brown to match the earth.


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