Recreating Cameras and Lights in Maya
NOTE: If you prefer, you may use Blender for this assignment instead of Maya.
For this assignment you will take a photograph of a real object(s) and try to match the camera and the lighting. Each person will have a choice of four photographs; for the assignment match any one of these photographs (for extra credit, do more than one). To find the photographs assigned to you, go here.
As an example, suppose that your photograph looks like this:
The model for this "widget" object has been created for you and may be downloaded here:
[Download Maya file] or [Download Blender file]
Use File -> Import to open the object in Maya or Blender. Create a surface for it to sit on, position the camera, add some lights, and adjust everything until your rendered image looks as closely as possible to the photograph. Try to match any colors, for the object and the lights, as well as the details of the shadows (e.g., penumbra angles). For example, your render might look like this:
The image above is a pretty good match but not perfect; if you work at you may be able to get an even closer match with the photograph you choose to work with for this assignment.
To finish, move the position of your camera to view the scene from another direction (suggest that you turn the camera roughly 45 degrees to either side). Create a second rendered image, such as this one:
Finally. upload the photograph you chose to use and the two rendered images into a blog posting entitled "Recreating Cameras and Lights in Maya." Note that this is a new assignment this year so there are no examples from previous semesters; contact me if you have any questions. Finally, for more info on using lights in Maya, see these lecture slides by Prof. Raquel Coelho.
Photography Alternative: One of the four photographs is a pair of soup cans. Recreate the camera and lighting in that photograph as accurately as possible then take your own photograph of the scene. Finish by taking a second photograph with the camera positioned about 45 degrees to either side of its original position. Upload both of your photographs as well as the photograph that you're matching. Note that it will not be easy to duplicate the lighting conditions using common house lamps; only do this alternative if you find it absolutely impossible to work with Maya or Blender.
Here are some Maya lighting tutorials that you may find helpful:
http://youtu.be/baIsLZcWK80 (Links to an external site.)
http://youtu.be/fyRkDYDBzls (Links to an external site.)
Here are some good examples from earlier semesters:
40 points (20 points if late and not eligible for bonus points if late)
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