Illuminated Pixels

The Why, What, and How of Digital Lighting

Author: Virginia Wisslar

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 143545636X

Category: COMPUTERS

Page: 448

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Illuminated Pixels: The Why, What, and How of Digital Lighting teaches digital artists how to apply the foundational principles of lighting to digital lighting and design. The book explores the why, what, and how of lighting, integrating classic concepts

Lighting for Animation

The Art of Visual Storytelling

Author: Jasmine Katatikarn,Michael Tanzillo

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1317699939

Category: Art

Page: 272

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Lighting for Animation?is designed with one goal in mind - to make you a better artist. Over the course of the book, Jasmine Katatikarn and Michael Tanzillo (Senior Lighting TDs, Blue Sky Studios) will train your eye to analyze your work more critically, and teach you approaches and techniques to improve your craft. Focusing on the main philosophies and core concepts utilized by industry professionals, this book builds the foundation for a successful career as a lighting artist in visual effects and computer animation. Inside you’ll find in-depth instruction on: ? • Creating mood and storytelling through lighting • Using light to create visual shaping • Directing the viewer’s eye with light and color • Gathering and utilizing reference images • Successfully lighting and rendering workflows • Render layers and how they can be used most effectively • Specific lighting scenarios, including character lighting, environment lighting, and lighting an animated sequence • Material properties and their work with lighting • Compositing techniques essential for a lighter • A guide on how to start your career and achieve success as a lighting artist ? This book is not designed to teach software packages—there are websites, instructional manuals, online demos, and traditional courses available to teach you how to operate specific computer programs.? That type of training will teach you how to create an image; this book will teach you the technical skills you need to make that image beautiful.?

Houdini On the Spot

Power User Tips and Techniques

Author: Craig Zerouni

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1136142142

Category: Art

Page: 320

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Packed with more than 350 techniques, this book delivers what you need to know-on the spot. Its concise presentation of professional techniques is suited to experienced artists whether you are: * Migrating from another visual effects application * Upgrading to Houdini 9 * Seeking a handy reference to raise your proficiency with Houdini Houdini On the Spot presents immediate solutions in an accessible format. It clearly illustrates the essential methods that pros use to get the job done efficiently and creatively. Screenshots and step-by-step instructions show you how to: * Navigate and manipulate the version 9 interface * Create procedural models that can be modified quickly and efficiently with Surface Operators (SOPs) * Use Particle Operators (POPs) to build complex simulations with speed and precision * Minimize the number of operators in your simulations with Dynamics Operators (DOPs) * Extend Houdini with customized tools to include data or scripts with Houdini Digital Assets (HDAs) * Master the version 9 rendering options including Physically Based Rendering (PBR), volume rendering and motion blur * Quickly modify timing, geometry, space and rotational values of your animations with Channel Operators (CHOPs) * Create and manipulate elements with Composite Operators (COPs); Houdini's full-blown compositor toolset * Make your own SOPs, COPs, POPs, CHOPs, and shaders with the Vector Expressions (VEX) shading language * Configure the Houdini interface with customized environments and hotkeys * Mine the treasures of the dozens of standalone applications that are bundled with Houdini

Digital Lighting and Rendering

Author: Jeremy Birn

Publisher: New Riders

ISBN: 0133439178

Category: Computers

Page: 464

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Learn the fine art and craft of digital lighting and rendering from an experienced pro whose lighting work you’ve seen in blockbuster films such as Monsters University, Toy Story 3, Up, WALL-E, Ratatouille, and The Incredibles. Jeremy Birn draws on his wealth of industry and teaching experience to provide a thoroughly updated edition of what has become the standard guide to digital lighting and rendering. Using beautiful, full-color examples; a friendly, clear teaching style; and a slew of case studies and tutorials, Jeremy demonstrates how to create strategic lighting for just about any project using any 3D application. By explaining not just how to use various lighting techniques but why, this guide provides the grounding graphics pros need to master Hollywood lighting techniques. • Learn how to pinpoint problems with your lighting and solve them to produce professional results. • Break scenes into passes and layers, and convincingly composite 3D models into real-world environments. • Adopt a linear workflow for more convincing lighting, global illumination, and compositing. • Apply advanced rendering techniques using subsurface scattering, physically based lighting, caustics, and high dynamic range images. • Build a bigger bag of tricks by learning “old-school” approaches such as tweaking shadow maps, faking GI with occlusion passes, and other cheats and tricks that save render time. • Develop realistic materials and shaders, and design and assign detailed texture maps to your models. • Mimic photographic exposure and cinematography techniques to simulate real-life f-stops, lens breathing, bokeh effects, and Kelvin color temperatures for more photorealistic renderings. • Learn to light characters and environments in different situations: day or night; natural or artificial lights; indoors or outdoors; and in clear air, thick atmosphere, or under water. • Understand production pipelines at visual effects and animation studios, and prepare for collaborative work on large lighting teams • Get the latest insights into industry trends, and how to develop your lighting reel and get a job in an increasingly competitive industry. • Download many of the 3D scenes used in this book from the author’s website to try texturing, lighting, and compositing on your own

The Magic of Computer Graphics

Author: Noriko Kurachi

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1439873577

Category: Computers

Page: 448

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Computer graphics is a vast field that is becoming larger every day. It is impossible to cover every topic of interest, even within a specialization such as CG rendering. For many years, Noriko Kurachi has reported on the latest developments for Japanese readers in her monthly column for CG World. Being something of a pioneer herself, she selected topics that represented original and promising new directions for research. Many of these novel ideas are the topics covered in The Magic of Computer Graphics. Starting from the basic behavior of light, the first section of the book introduces the most useful techniques for global and local illumination using geometric descriptions of an environment. The second section goes on to describe image-based techniques that rely on captured data to do their magic. In the final section, the author looks at the synthesis of these two complementary approaches and what they mean for the future of computer graphics.

Computer Vision

Algorithms and Applications

Author: Richard Szeliski

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781848829350

Category: Computers

Page: 812

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Computer Vision: Algorithms and Applications explores the variety of techniques commonly used to analyze and interpret images. It also describes challenging real-world applications where vision is being successfully used, both for specialized applications such as medical imaging, and for fun, consumer-level tasks such as image editing and stitching, which students can apply to their own personal photos and videos. More than just a source of “recipes,” this exceptionally authoritative and comprehensive textbook/reference also takes a scientific approach to basic vision problems, formulating physical models of the imaging process before inverting them to produce descriptions of a scene. These problems are also analyzed using statistical models and solved using rigorous engineering techniques. Topics and features: structured to support active curricula and project-oriented courses, with tips in the Introduction for using the book in a variety of customized courses; presents exercises at the end of each chapter with a heavy emphasis on testing algorithms and containing numerous suggestions for small mid-term projects; provides additional material and more detailed mathematical topics in the Appendices, which cover linear algebra, numerical techniques, and Bayesian estimation theory; suggests additional reading at the end of each chapter, including the latest research in each sub-field, in addition to a full Bibliography at the end of the book; supplies supplementary course material for students at the associated website, http://szeliski.org/Book/. Suitable for an upper-level undergraduate or graduate-level course in computer science or engineering, this textbook focuses on basic techniques that work under real-world conditions and encourages students to push their creative boundaries. Its design and exposition also make it eminently suitable as a unique reference to the fundamental techniques and current research literature in computer vision.

Digital Photography Lighting For Dummies

Author: Dirk Fletcher

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470887424

Category: Photography

Page: 368

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Improve your lighting technique to produce better quality photographs Digital Photography Lighting For Dummies features the tools, concepts, and steps you need to give your subjects a high-quality look and feel. Everyone from advanced beginners to aspiring professional photographers will improve their understanding of lighting basics as well as the parts and functions of their camera. Explains the different kinds of lighting that different situations require and guides you through changing the settings on your camera Shows you how to set up equipment to capture the photograph you want with the proper amount of light and shadow Offers information on the latest lighting equipment and accessories Includes techniques and skills used by film photographers like David Bailey, Ansel Adams, and Annie Leibovitz Reach for Digital Photography Lighting For Dummies and take your knowledge of lighting and photography to the next level!

Art of Digital Audio

Author: John Watkinson

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136117091

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 752

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Described as "the most comprehensive book on digital audio to date", it is widely acclaimed as an industry "bible". Covering the very latest developments in digital audio technology, it provides an thorough introduction to the theory as well as acting as an authoritative and comprehensive professional reference source. Everything you need is here from the fundamental principles to the latest applications, written in an award-winning style with clear explanations from first principles. New material covered includes internet audio, PC audio technology, DVD, MPEG audio compression, digital audio broadcasting and audio networks. Whether you are in the field of audio engineering, sound recording, music technology, broadcasting and communications media or audio design and installation, this book has it all. Written by a leading international audio specialist, who conducts professional seminars and workshops around the world, the book has been road tested for many years by professional seminar attendees and students to ensure their needs are taken into account, and all the right information is covered. This new edition now includes: Internet audio PC Audio technology DVD MPEG Audio compression Digital Audio Broadcasting Audio networks Digital audio professionals will find everything they need here, from the fundamental principles to the latest applications, written in an award-winning style with clear explanations from first principles. John Watkinson is an international consultant in audio, video and data recording. He is a Fellow of the AES, a member of the British Computer Society and a chartered information systems practitioner. He presents lectures, seminars, conference papers and training courses worldwide. He is the author of many other Focal Press books, including: the Kraszna-Krausz award winning MPEG-2; The Art of Digital Audio; An Introduction to Digital Video; The Art of Sound Reproduction; An Introduction to Digital Audio; TV Fundamentals and Audio for Television. He is also co-author, with Francis Rumsey, of The Digital Interface Handbook, and contributor to the Loudspeaker and Headphone Handbook, 3rd edition.

Digital Photography For Dummies

Author: Julie Adair King

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119235642

Category: Photography

Page: 320

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Your fun guide to digital photography with any device Whether you're shooting with an inexpensive point-and-shoot camera, a smartphone or tablet, a high-priced contraption, or one of those new-fangled action cameras, it's possible to take your digital photos from good to great by applying a few simple tricks—and Digital Photography For Dummies shows you how! Packed with tips, advice, and insight you won't find in your camera's manual, this friendly guide quickly gets you up to speed on proven photography techniques to help your digital pictures say more than a thousand words! No longer a hobby or profession limited to those with access to fancy and expensive equipment, digital photography is all around us. But if you want to take your shoots a bit more seriously and produce images you'd be proud enough to give as gifts or decorate your home, this friendly guide has you covered. From figuring out how to make the most of your camera's settings to applying exposure tricks the pros use all the time, frame-worthy digital photos are a page—and a click—away. Interpret your camera's settings and apply them for better photos Shoot better portraits, action shots, and low-light photos Collect your photos in a place where you won't lose them Grasp simple digital photography techniques that apply to any kind of camera If you've been experimenting with digital photography for a while or just caught the bug, this new edition of Digital Photography For Dummies is the picture-perfect guide you'll turn to again and again.

Advanced RenderMan

Creating CGI for Motion Pictures

Author: Anthony A. Apodaca,Larry Gritz,Ronen Barzel

Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann

ISBN: 9781558606180

Category: Computers

Page: 544

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Advanced RenderMan: Creating CGI for Motion Pictures is precisely what you and other RenderMan users are dying for. Written by the world's foremost RenderMan experts, it offers thoroughly updated coverage of the standard while moving beyond the scope of the original RenderMan Companion to provide in-depth information on dozens of advanced topics. Both a reference and a tutorial, this book will quickly prove indispensable, whether you're a technical director, graphics programmer, modeler, animator, or hobbyist. Explore the Power of RenderMan * Use the entire range of geometric primitives supported by RenderMan. * Understand how and when to use procedural primitives and level of detail. * Master every nuance of the Shading Language. * Write detailed procedural shaders using texture, displacement, pattern generation, and custom reflection models. * Write shaders for special effects relating to volumes, custom lighting, and non-photorealistic media. * Use antialiasing to ensure that your shaders are free of artifacts. * Minimize the expense of rendering scenes by optimizing input. Other Features from Advanced RenderMan * Offers expert advice and instruction applicable to any RenderMan-compliant renderer. * Filled with technical illustrations and many full-color representations of effects supported by the RenderMan standard. * Includes a chapter reviewing key math and computer graphics concepts.

Praying the Word

Illuminated Prayers and Wisdom from the Saint John's Bible

Author: Donald Jackson

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814690932

Category: Religion

Page: 76

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In the tradition of lectio divina (reflecting on the Scriptures), Praying the Word is an instrumental guide for personal prayer and a companion for meditation. This exquisite treasury embodies the significance of prayer life, and makes a wonderful gift at confirmations, weddings, and other special occasions in the lives of family and friends.

Lighting for Photography

Techniques for Studio and Location Shoots

Author: Glenn Rand

Publisher: Amherst Media, Inc

ISBN: 9781584282266

Category: Photography

Page: 122

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A guide to photographic lighting, identifying the tools used to create and control photographic lighting, discussing the basic functions and potentials of light, and explaining techniques that can be used to produce good lighting in the studio and in outdoor environments.

Galaxy S4: The Missing Manual

Author: Preston Gralla

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1449373399

Category: Computers

Page: 484

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Galaxy S4 is amazing right out of the box, but if you want to get the most of out your S4 or S4 Mini, start here. With clear instructions and savvy advice from technology expert Preston Gralla, you’ll learn how to go online, play games, listen to music, watch movies & TV, monitor your health, and answer calls with a wave of your hand. The important stuff you need to know: Be connected. Browse the Web, manage email, and download apps through WiFi or S4’s 3G/4G network. Navigate without touch. Use Air Gestures with your hand, or scroll with your eyes using Smart Screen. Find new ways to link up. Chat, videochat, and add photos, video, or entire slideshows to text messages. Get together with Group Play. Play games or share pictures, documents, and music with others nearby. Create amazing images. Shoot and edit photos and videos—and combine images from the front and back cameras. Keep music in the cloud. Use Google Play Music to store and access tunes. Check your schedule. Sync the S4 with your Google and Outlook calendars.

Fundamentals of Solid-State Lighting

LEDs, OLEDs, and Their Applications in Illumination and Displays

Author: Vinod Kumar Khanna

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1466561092

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 604

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Compared to traditional electrical filaments, arc lamps, and fluorescent lamps, solid-state lighting offers higher efficiency, reliability, and environmentally friendly technology. LED / solid-state lighting is poised to take over conventional lighting due to cost savings—there is pretty much no debate about this. In response to the recent activity in this field, Fundamentals of Solid-State Lighting: LEDs, OLEDs, and Their Applications in Illumination and Displays covers a range of solid-state devices, technologies, and materials used for lighting and displays. It also examines auxiliary but critical requirements of efficient applications, such as modeling, thermal management, reliability, and smart lighting. The book discusses performance metrics of LEDs such as efficiency, efficacy, current–voltage characteristics, optical parameters like spectral distribution, color temperature, and beam angle before moving on to luminescence theory, injection luminescence, radiative and non-radiative recombination mechanisms, recombination rates, carrier lifetimes, and related topics. This lays down the groundwork for understanding LED operation. The book then discusses energy gaps, light emission, semiconductor material, special equipment, and laboratory facilities. It also covers production and applications of high-brightness LEDs (HBLEDs) and organic LEDs (OLEDs). LEDs represent the landmark development in lighting since the invention of electric lighting, allowing us to create unique, low-energy lighting solutions, not to talk about their minor maintenance expenses. The rapid strides of LED lighting technology over the last few years have changed the dynamics of the global lighting market, and LEDs are expected to be the mainstream light source in the near future. In a nutshell, the book traces the advances in LEDs, OLEDs, and their applications, and presents an up-to-date and analytical perspective of the scenario for audiences of different backgrounds and interests.

The VES Handbook of Visual Effects

Industry Standard VFX Practices and Procedures

Author: Susan Zwerman,Jeffrey A. Okun

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1136136223

Category: Art

Page: 950

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Wisdom from the best and the brightest in the industry, this visual effects bible belongs on the shelf of anyone working in or aspiring to work in VFX. The book covers techniques and solutions all VFX artists/producers/supervisors need to know, from breaking down a script and initial bidding, to digital character creation and compositing of both live-action and CG elements. In-depth lessons on stereoscopic moviemaking, color management and digital intermediates are included, as well as chapters on interactive games and full animation authored by artists from EA and Dreamworks respectively. From predproduction to acquisition to postproduction, every aspect of the VFX production workflow is given prominent coverage. VFX legends such as John Knoll, Mike Fink, and John Erland provide you with invaluable insight and lessons from the set, equipping you with everything you need to know about the entire visual effects workflow. Simply a must-have book for anyone working in or wanting to work in the VFX industry.

Practical Parallel Rendering

Author: Alan Chalmers,Erik Reinhard,Tim Davis

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1439863806

Category: Computers

Page: 384

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Meeting the growing demands for speed and quality in rendering computer graphics images requires new techniques. Practical parallel rendering provides one of the most practical solutions. This book addresses the basic issues of rendering within a parallel or distributed computing environment, and considers the strengths and weaknesses of multiprocessor machines and networked render farms for graphics rendering. Case studies of working applications demonstrate, in detail, practical ways of dealing with complex issues involved in parallel processing.

The Design of Everyday Things

Revised and Expanded Edition

Author: Don Norman

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465072992

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

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The ultimate guide to human-centered design Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious-even liberating-book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other assistance and unreasonable demands on memorization. The Design of Everyday Things shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time. The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how--and why--some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.

Rendering with Radiance

The Art and Science of Lighting Visualization

Author: Greg Ward Larson,Rob Shakespeare

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9780974538105

Category: Art

Page: 664

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Understanding Digital Cinema

A Professional Handbook

Author: Charles S. Swartz

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0240806174

Category: Art

Page: 327

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* An overview of digital cinema system requirements * Post production work flow * Color in digital cinema * The digital cinema mastering process * Fundamentals of compression * Security * Basics of audio * Digital distribution * Digital projection technology * Theater systems * The international perspective: Views from Europe, Asia and Latin America * A realistic assessment of the future of digital cinema With contributions by: Richard Crudo, President, American Society of Cinematographers Leon Silverman, Executive Vice President, Laser Pacific Media Corporation Charles Poynton, Color Scientist Chris Carey, Senior Vice President, Studio New Technology, The Walt Disney Studios Bob Lambert, Corporate Senior Vice President New Technology & New Media, The Walt Disney Company Bill Kinder, Pixar Animation Studios Glenn Kennel, DLP Cinema Peter Symes, Manager, Advanced Technology, Thomson Broadcast & Media Solutions Robert Schumann, President, Cinea, Inc., -