By Kilograph

Lighting Tips from Kilograph's Luis Tornel

Tip 1: Start big and simple.

No matter if it’s an exterior or interior scene; I always like to start by using the V-Ray Sun as my general light source. Using an override, V-Ray grey material allows me to iterate faster.  

Note: Remember to link the V-Ray Sun to the Sky Map. 
Tip 2: Let the engine help you.

V-Ray gets faster with every release, taking advantage of the newer features such as the interactive rendering, the automatic exposure and the adaptive dome light (last two are new on V-Ray Next) will allow you to iterate faster and forget about settings.

Tip 3: Sometimes, all you need is specular.
When I want to highlight an element or area of the scene but my lighting is done, I use V-Ray lights with only the specular contribution activated. That way I get the effect without affecting the overall lighting conditions.
Tip 4:  V-Ray LightSelect passes are awesome!

In Archviz we usually don’t have the time/budget to render an image or a sequence multiple times to split the lighting contribution of the different parts of a light rig. By using this render element and playing with the different modes you can refine or even change the mood of your lighting in post.

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