Thanks Spheric for answering all of my questions! I really appreciate it. One more question for you:
How do I make a floor reflect the objects that are on it? I’m working on a scene with a checkered floor and a chair. When I render it, the floor has no reflections regardless of what I set the reflection value to in DS. I’d like to have the floor reflect the chair as if it was just polished.
P.S. What do you think of my “Andrea on glowing cube” render from above?
For the floor to reflect, you can turn up glossiness, specular strength, and reflection strength.
Or you can Do Luxus - LuxRender Materials, choose glossy and make sure you adjust roughness very low. Try 0.001 for U and V or something like that.
In regards to your image, I am pretty braindead when it comes to art so it may not mean much coming from me, but I am impressed.