Lights and Cameras

Lights and cameras are scene objects that simulate their real-world counterparts.

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Lights provide illumination for the geometry of a scene: they can light the scene from “offstage,” or, with a little extra work, they can appear within the scene itself. Standard lights are simple and easy to use. Photometric lights are more complex, but provide a physically accurate model of real-world lighting. The Daylight and Sunlight systems create outdoor lighting that simulates sunlight based on location and time of day, month and year. You can animate the time of day to create shadow studies.

Cameras frame the scene, providing a controllable point of view. You can animate camera movement. Cameras can simulate some aspects of real-world photography, such as depth-of-field and motion blur.