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7 Key Types of Lighting for Outdoor CG Images

Experienced marketers know how troublesome and complicated outdoor photo sets could be. First and foremost, they depend on the weather that is constantly changing and never works the way we expect. As a result, all the preparations can go to waste in a few seconds flat. That’s why some marketers order 3D product renders for their catalogs instead of traditional photos. Using 3D rendering, you can at least ensure your CG project doesn’t depend on the forecast and is fully controlled by CG specialists from a 3D rendering company.

Setting the lighting for a perfect shot is even more complicated. In real life, it is also changing with every minute depending on the position of the Sun so all photos end up looking different. And here again, 3D renders come in handy. Since CG artists set the lighting manually in 3D software, they can regulate it as they need until it’s perfect. This way, every 3D product render will look as photorealistic as the best photo.

So here’s a guide to the 7 most popular types of lighting for outdoor 3D product images that you need to know before ordering them from a CGI studio. Read on!

#1. Regular Daylight

A 3D Product Rendering of a Furniture in a Daylight

To set up this type of lighting for a 3D product render, CG artists recreate before or after lunch daylight when the sun is not too high and its light is soft. By positioning it above and to the side, they get angled lighting that falls off beautifully and creates long pronounced shadows. Such lighting emphasizes materials and textures and adds dimension to all objects. Being so vibrant, Regular Daylight has become one of the most popular types of lighting for outdoor product 3D renders.

 

#2. Highly-Detailed Daylight

A Very Detailed Rendering of a Product 3D Lifestyle

Although this 3D product render looks a bit like a Regular Daytime lifestyle picture, it has plenty of additional details to it, such as decor, textiles, people, etc. Using 3D soft, CG artists can add or remove any of them from the scene depending on a product and the task. 

The difference is that with Highly-Detailed Daylight, they adjust the light according to the arrangements of the objects. CG experts can illuminate a key product with the main light and highlight surrounding props with several inconspicuous additional light sources. As a result, they get a product 3D render that is both realistic and commercially effective.

#3. Mid-Detailed Daylight

An Outdoor Product 3D Rendering with a Couple of New Details

This type of 3D rendering lighting is very similar to the previous one in terms of the scheme. However, it has fewer details which may have an impact on overall lighting. For Mid-Detailed Daylight, 3D artists usually focus on the main product and one or two additional props. They put some of the other items in the shade to illuminate the main ones and draw the buyers’ attention to them. This way, one can get product renders that work perfectly for cross-selling.

#4. Ambient

Ambient Lighting Type for Product 3D Rendering

Ambient lighting is characterized by an even distribution of light, i.e., there are no bright spots of light and deep shadows in a pic. Therefore, all objects in the 3D product render are approximately the same illumination level without harsh contrasts. This technique can be used for brands with overall low-contrast elegant visual aesthetics. For instance, if the whole vibe of a catalog is based on pastel colors, then soft Ambient lighting will work perfectly for its 3D product renders.

#5.  Fog+Morning Light

3D Rendering of a Product on a Foggy Day

The Fog + morning light combo creates a special mood for a 3D product render. It conveys the sense of freshness, serene tranquility, calmness and relaxation. On a foggy day, we don’t see the bright sun because of overcast skies. Therefore, bouncing light is diffused and shadows almost disappear. To recreate this lighting, CG artists use special plugins for 3D software and 2D edits for post-production. 

#6. Sunrise/Sunset (Morning/Evening)

3D Render of a Product in a Garden at Sunset

Morning and evening light is soft and very romantic, which is why it is often used for 3D product renders. To set up this kind of lighting, CG artists position the sun very low and carefully regulate its warmth. With the right settings, they get a warm and orange light source that casts cool blue shades. After a 3D render is ready, CG experts can enhance contrast and saturation using Adobe Photoshop. In the end, you get a jaw-dropping poetic product 3D render that strikes a chord of the customer’s heart.

#7. Night Time

3D Rendering of a Product Lifestyle at Night

Night mode in a 3D product render is based on a combination of cold and warm lighting. Traditionally, CG artists set up several warm artificial light sources around the scene and cold white light from above to mimic the moonlight. Such a contrasting combo gives more illumination to the whole scene and allows the light to beautifully highlight objects. Moreover, to increase the cozy ambiance of a 3D render, CG specialists can add a fireplace, candles, lanterns, and garland lights to a scene.

Examine case-studies of CGI projects to see real examples of using 3D technology for marketing purposes.

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If you opt for outdoor lifestyle images for your goods, choose 3D rendering. Professional 3D artists have enough skills and experience to set up 100% realistic lighting in 3D product renders. Firstly, they all are trained as artists and designers, thus, they know how to use light the same way photographers do. Secondly, they use advanced CG plugins and 2D graphics programs for creating special effects such as fog or fire in a 3D product render.

Need mind-blowing outdoor 3D product lifestyle pics? Contact our managers right now and order 3D rendering services to get photorealistic renderings in the required lighting scheme!

Irene Lewis

Content Writer

Irene is a content writer. She previously worked for interior and chess magazines. When not writing articles, Irene finds great pleasure in collecting Star Trek memorabilia, reading Medieval poetry and playing banjo.

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