At our March 7 meeting, Chris Morris gave an excellent talk on advanced lighting in Cinema 4D. Chris is a CG artist with a strong background in photography, photo retouching, and lighting design, and he draws upon all those skills to explain how to achieve truly realistic lighting in your CG renderings. Even if you think you have mastered the art of CG lighting, you're sure to learn something new from Chris' in depth presentation.

Chris has also been generous enough to share the C4D files and the layered PSD file he used for his talk. Download them from the links below and follow along with him as he walks you through his lighting process.

Chris concluded his presentation with this lighting breakdown of a complex interior scene.

Download this file ( Life and Museum Hall C4D Models [ ] 15275 Kb
Download this file ( Life Layered PSD File [ ] 15198 Kb


+6 # Chris Morris 2012-03-12 20:13
To clear up any confusion. The models are not mine. The fruit was modeled by Dan Wade many years ago and has been used by many people including Jeremey Birn in his excellent Digital Lighting and Rendering book. It is freely available at along with lots of other great models intended to use for lighting practice. The Museum also comes from this site and is credited at the end of my progression video. As far as techniques, let me be clear. I did not invent computer lighting. My knowledge is a culmination of many years of experience and training in college as well as classes I have taken from many excellent lighting designers including Jeremey Birn and Jeremy Vickery as well as others. Some of the techniques are directly from them and some are my own interpretations or combinations of what I have learned. Any mistakes are all me. I am indebted to the amazing artists that have taught me and I think they would be proud that I am passing that knowledge on to the next group.
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0 # niccolo ungaro 2012-03-13 12:25
Grazie thats FANTASTIC from you !
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0 # niccolo ungaro 2012-03-13 12:26
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0 # SingleSh0tBasti 2012-04-11 18:39
I think the audience have no idea that what you've just discussed is gold. That was great, thank you.
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0 # Orhan 2012-05-10 07:16
Hi Chris,
great work!
Is there the c4d-file of the fruit-scene? :)
Or can you send the detailed parameters of the "speclight" + "rimlight" and the "edgelight" ... ?

Thank you much ... :)

Best regards
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0 # Orhan 2012-05-14 08:27
sorry, i have found it. :)
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0 # Scott Peters 2012-06-10 15:23
Can anyone out there please provide me a version of the Still Life & Museum lighting scene(s) that can be opened with R11.5? Thanks.
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0 # kwai 2012-08-22 02:45
Thanks a lot for this very useful tutorial!
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0 # Jason Mettler 2012-09-13 14:59
That was an amazing presentation! Wish I was there. I learned a TON!! Thx much
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