How To Choose The Right Lighting Style For Your Project

May 15, 2015

Lighting for some people is an afterthought. “Ok, my scene is all done, time to light it”. However, if you START with the right lighting style in mind you can save time and end up with better looking projects.

In this presentation from NAB, I will be going over different styles of lighting in Cinema 4D and talking about the pros and cons of each style and how to optimize them so your render times don’t get out of hand.

Thanks again to Cineversity for recording and posting all the presentations from NAB!

NAB Presentation

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  • Johannes Tiner May 16, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Always enjoy watching your stuff nick, keep em coming 🙂

  • Nice job Nick! This was a great video! So much on lighting that i didn’t know :D!!!!

    One thing though, where did you get that dragon model? Did you make it at GSG? Or did you download it on line? Thanks again for the great tutorial :D!

  • The audio is like: old vinyl style ahuahah

  • Great job, Nick. I enjoy both you and Chris with giving your fans the information about understanding Cinema 4d. Thanks again.

  • Trevor Gilchrist May 18, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Still trying to get my head around the Physical vs GI choice…

  • Hey! How did you do the beautiful bokeh effect?

  • Hey none of the videos from ‘Introduction to Cinema 4D’ series are loading and I don’t know where to post a complaint. F1 Please.

  • Hi,

    I just finished your Mine Cart tutorial, that was pretty cool, learned a ton of new techniques, thank you!

    I’d love to know what you guys use for systems, that is, what are your hardware setups? I looked around but I didn’t find any info on that specific subject. I imagine you might say “as many processors cores as possible, max RAM, fast SSD or RAID”, but are there specific systems (Mac/PC), video cards or other hardware accelerators you use (and maybe a render farm 😉

    Anyway, just interested, and I will do more of your tutorials, thanks again!


  • Verónica Gallego June 4, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Hi, I am so grateful for all your tuts. I love C4D but i always have issues with the quality of my renders. When i try to render stills with 300ppi and large dimensions (1440 900), no matter what they came out blurry. I compare my stills with those in Behance they look pixeld and blurry. What am i doing wrong? Could you please make a tutorial with the best settings for stills?

    Thank You again for sharing.

  • Great piece, Nick. Thanks for posting!!!

    Grant Janes
    District Bureau

  • Nick

    what wood texture did you use in the title picture and was in from your Texture Kit Pro?

  • When will you guys post a tutorial about Arnold? 😀

  • Awesome overview..always learning

  • Marvin Goldstein August 2, 2015 at 3:22 am

    Your presentations are outstanding and your willingness to share your knowledge is equally outstanding and deeply appreciated …

    However, watching your “Lighting” presentation has a major problem: images from Cineiversity are always blurry and unreadable — this makes it difficult to learn what you are doing when moving the cursor around and following your presentation …

    The presentation on your own web site is superior VS Cineversity! Too bad for me because It wasted my time and energy trying to learn from your presentation …

  • Hey Nick!

    Cant tell you how awesome your products and tutorials are. It has gotten me through many tough spots.

    I wish I could bring you to teach at Parsons here in NYC. Amazing instruction.

    Thanks again!

  • Always enjoy watching your videos , very useful,
    thank u

  • Fantastic video on lighting. Thanks Nick!

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