Monday, September 5, 2011

Another few Chapters in progress

I'm currently writing three chapters simultaneously on technique. The three chapters are being developed together because they were initially only one chapter. After writing the rough draft I realized the chapter would be much too long and split into three chapters. Amazingly, about another 100 pages. This is not a trivial book.
I am having alot of fun writing these chapters. These chapters are on technique and represent the "nuts and bolts" of digital lighting. They cover intermediate to advanced technique. I enjoy writing about the advanced technique the most, because sharing them is one of my motivators for writing the book. Some of the techniques in the book I have not found in any book, in any tutorial, ANYWHERE - yet they are part of the staple diet for those who are experienced lighters working in high end lighting. People learn these techniques on the job, from others working in the field. Trade secrets in a way, only I would very much like the secret out for those who love this subject as much as I do and are looking to get in to the field. I remember all the people who shared their knowledge with me and "giving forward" is the primary reason I like teaching. I know that for some, the advanced techniques are going to be to confusing. But for others, who have the basics solidly under the belt and a hunger to know more, they are going to love to learn about them, and this is who I am gearing this section for.
I haven't much in the way of images yet as I write the text then make the pictures, but I will leave this post with a tip for the day.

TIP for the Day:
When developing your lighting, be sure to add complexity only as needed. Complexity, when it comes to digital lighting, includes linking lights, rendering in passes, and the like. "Needed" means that it gives you a specific visual advantage or control that you wouldn't be able to get otherwise and which is necessary for the quality of your project. Never add complexity "just because", such as because someone has told you that is how the pros do it.