Outdoor Lighting in 3D | Is there a magic formula?

Ever struggle to light exterior scenes in 3D? In this video, we’ll have a look at a cinematic lighting framework, inspired by filmmaking techniques, to elevate your 3D art.

Learn core principles like lighting direction, blocking, aerial perspective, and more, to understand the “why” behind cinematic lighting. Explore practical demonstrations and real-life 3d examples, from moody close-ups to expansive aerial shots.

In the video, you’ll learn:

  • The core principles of cinematic outdoor lighting
  • How to apply the cinematic framework to various 3D scenes
  • Practical tips and demonstrations for stunning visuals
  • The importance of creative freedom in achieving your artistic vision

Links and credits:

Steve Lund (CG Geek)Nature Essentials Asset Pack

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Patrick O’Sullivan – Wandering DP Youtube channel

Rob Ellis, Youtube channel

Cinematic Lighting Isn’t What You Think It Is | Rob Ellis

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Gscatter by Graswald

One Simple Technique to Improve Your Lighting in Blender | Reverse Key Lighting

Cinematic Lighting In Blender – the video course

HDRI images: Polyhaven (CC0)

Julien Rollin – Countryside (Artstation)

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“Three Maharajah” by Reverse Imagineering licensed under CC-BY-4.0

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Dune – Arrakis (WIP) by Rostenbach is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution

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