Night Shot - Exposure and Lighting

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Night Shot - Exposure and Lighting

Post by Fletch » Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:13 pm

When rendering a night shot, it's important that the lights have a warm glow, while still being able to "read" the exterior of the photo subject.

Here's an example of a rendering and an actual evening photo. Notice with the real world photo, the photographer has clearly done multiple exposures and post-processed the image in order to tonemap the lighting so that the lights glow, yet the exterior is quite brightly lit. Even so, it still "reads" as a "night shot".
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In this Subject: Several outdoor renders by Alvydas, also the exterior of the building can be clearly seen. Perhaps it could do with even a brighter exposure without losing any of it's "night time" quality.

In Subject: Beach House by JCA it could benefit (when compared to the photo above) from warming up the lighting considerably.

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