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I am very impressed by the book The Essentials: Rendering with Podium V2 , by Jim Kenney, mentioned in the latest SU Podium e-news. it is a thorough step-by-step in-depth manual that covers all aspects of rendering with Podium V2. I have not finished it yet but what I saw of it was enough to recommend it emphatically.

in my opinion this book completes the already excellent info available in podium's website.

thanks, dave, for this great tip.


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glad to hear if u can share to me...

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There is one important approach that I personally wouldn't recommend in Jim's book, although it is a fabulous, extremely comprehensive, well-explained and beautifully illustrated document.

His emphasis on use of omni lights to boost lighting levels (rather than use of presets and a LEM behind the camera) will increase render time and make scene setup more time-consuming. 

Jim clearly knows what he is doing, is meticulous in his approach, and has a great eye which means he gets great results. However, judging from the number of less than great renders we see here, that use omni grids for V2, many users are going to struggle with this approach. Even if by using Jim's guidance, you can get absolutely natural results, it will increase render time.

So - please look at Jim's book, it really is excellent and I guarantee that everyone will learn lots of interesting and relevant stuff. However you ought to think twice before using omni lights to boost lighting levels. Try using the presets with sun intensity and exposure first.

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glad to hear if u can share to me...

no, I can't. this would be illegal as his book is a commercial product. it is hard to imagine you cannot fork out $14,99 for it.

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There is one important approach that I personally wouldn't recommend in Jim's book, although it is a fabulous, extremely comprehensive, well-explained and beautifully illustrated document.

His emphasis on use of omni lights to boost lighting levels (rather than use of presets and a LEM behind the camera) will increase render time and make scene setup more time-consuming. 

Jim clearly knows what he is doing, is meticulous in his approach, and has a great eye which means he gets great results. However, judging from the number of less than great renders we see here, that use omni grids for V2, many users are going to struggle with this approach. Even if by using Jim's guidance, you can get absolutely natural results, it will increase render time.

So - please look at Jim's book, it really is excellent and I guarantee that everyone will learn lots of interesting and relevant stuff. However you ought to think twice before using omni lights to boost lighting levels. Try using the presets with sun intensity and exposure first.

good point, jim. I must confess that recommendation struck me as being at odds with many references I read here to the fact that with V2 omni grids are no longer necessary.

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Nope, Jim is Totally right!
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jim,

to be fair to jim kenney, one cannot say he advocates the use of omni grids always. as I proceed through his book I keep finding references to the fact you mention –namely, that omni grids take longer to render– and he even suggests the reader should choose LEMs over omni grids (which he explains are his personal choice but by no means the indisputable best method).


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I think it's worth underlining what we all tend to forget periodically, and that is that it is the person behind the technology that is the most important factor, not the technology itself.

If we look back at the results that biebel achieved with the very earliest versions of Podium, they still stand up to scrutiny with many V2 images. With talent and application people can get great results with any application using any techniques.

Strictly speaking all techniques are valid if they produce genuinely fantastic results!

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