Still trying to determine if THIS was a joke…
but it simply must be.
No, Dartanbeck, it was not a joke. It was a suggestion based on some intelligent, rational reasons, based on a career spent in the visual effects industry. How about you? What sort of knowledge and experience and expertise are your recommendations based on?
When you use a light in Carrara, and set the shadow casting off, or at a value less than 100%, the light passes thru all objects in its path. It lights up stuff that shouldn’t be lit. It causes nostrils to light up. It causes parts of characters to be unrealistically lit. And BTW, your avatar is a perfect example. And when people see images like that, it looks wrong. That is a fact.
Now, I realize that many people here can’t comprehend that. But just because THEY don’t see it, that doesn’t mean that the rest of the world doesn’t see it. The vast majority of amateurish, poorly done renders exhibit this problem. Same with the Scene Ambient. It unrealistically lights up everything.
And there are other, far better methods for getting the effect you want, rather than resorting to something that is cheap and cheesy.
Now, you can also say that those renders are not poorly done, based solely on your perceptions and experiences, but none of that matters. If you are going to recommend a practice to someone else, recommend something that has some general merit, and that improves the quality of their renders, and applies to general audiences.
Now if all you care about is pressing some buttons and getting a render, and couldn’t care less if it’s amateurish and cheesy, then fine. But don’t recommend that to others.
And maybe try ASKING someone, other than yourself and your family, what they think of your renders. Because in the real world, not everything is awesome. Some stuff is great, other stuff is cheap and cheesy. And if you care even the slightest about the artistic side of all this fun software, you’ll learn the difference.
Look guys, it’s one thing to be clueless, but AT LEAST don’t be arrogant about it. Show just a little bit of humility, because maybe your tiny world of experience isn’t all there is. Maybe you can actually LEARN something, rather than just claiming you do.
And to continually argue about the very basic basics is just mind boggling.
Yes, at some point there is probably a use for both of those methods. But I guarantee that 99% of the people here have no business even trying it, until they develop a basic understanding of lighting.