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How to create a flash photography effect

By Lee Griggs
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Date Added: 9th December 2009
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Maya

Camera

Position the spotlight and reflector group in the centre of the camera as shown in the image above. Middle drag the spotlight and reflector onto the camera in the outliner. This will group them to the camera ensuring that when you move the camera the light and reflector will follow.

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Display Light

Press 6 to activate Display Texture in Mayas perspective viewport. Press 7 to activate Display Light. You can now
interactively adjust the spotlights intensity and see the results in realtime. You might want to see the effect of increasing and decreasing the dropoff on the spotlight. When you are happy with the results hit render.

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Flash Texture and Glow

If you want to go a stage further, you could map a bitmap of a real flash light into the colour and intensity channels of the spotlight. This would break up the emitted light and would produce more real world irregularities.

You could also add a lens effect shader glow so that the reflections of the reflector plane will flare.

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