I would add my voice to say that lighting is the key to good 3D rendering (in my view). Understand how lighting works - direct and indirect lighting - and you will have a powerful toolkit to add realism and drama to any scene.
Garstor - thank you for your support. I am interested to know, if there were to be a 3rd part to the training (and I have to say here that there are no current plans), what would you like to see in it? Perhaps that should be the subject of a separate thread…
I still watch the Advanced Training all the time, just because I want to watch something cool and entertaining. I really enjoy your presentation, imagination and I’ve learned a lot - and, initially, I wasn’t expecting nearly as much. Very satisfied.
I would certainly buy whatever your next Carrara set is no matter the subject.
I tried a free trial “5 steps to lighting” from DL and got through to large font many page intro and the first couple of steps before finally deciding that he really is never going to put any lights into the scene - which I’m guessing will be the last step. He explains over and over how he’s going to help me out, mainly because I lack confidence and self-esteem…
Not a great way to drag me into his paid members only site. Like others have said, his web page “Advertising this and only this” design never gave me a chance to explore. I can sign up for a free 90 day trial membership, but to what end? My inbox is literally overflowing with junk from this guy. Does he not realize that such behavior is really annoying to people? Oh… right. I forgot that he’s assuming that my self-esteem has me so confused about 3d that I may end it any day now - which clouds my judgement and destroys my confidence. So the bazillion e-mails will make me feel loved. I like to have access to training material, but damn!
Phil? Third installment yet?
If not, you wanna jam? I’m a rock drummer with a cool pop band (mostly for fun) that plays throughout the rock genre from Johnny B to modern. We don’t charge much so we get gigs all over, all the time - and it’s damn fun! Oh… and my singer is a pro sound designer with several P.A. setups for gigs and a full-blown recording studio. What we don’t have is a keyboard player. I bet you’d fit in nicely!