Ok so I would assume that if I draw a box, I get a box. If I put a light on the scene, I get a light. I wouldn’t assume (and none of the other graphics apps I use for the last 20 years or so do this) that magical things that I have no control over and no way to turn off and given the flow of the rest of the program the inference is that it would only be there if I added it) would be placed inside my scene for me to STRUGGLE with as a new user.
I’m not a new user btw, I’m showing someone else and they are like “WTF” and I totally agree. I look at the complexity of a lighting scene and my normal routine is to draw a huge box, and put everything inside that box so I can control the scene and disregard the array of options that frankly are a waste of time. Adding a Sun is a great thing, adding a skylight etc is good but why on God’s green earth would you add a light behind a camera you cannot turn off and then NOT show it in the lights panel? Show it in the lights panel…and make things SIMPLE. The big box approach is works nicely because you can then see what your environment adds/removes to the scene because again, this is rather complex.
What you see here, is a glass sphere, inside a big old box, made from some opaque plaster material in black. This is AFAIK “correct” in terms of the laws of physics and everything that is sane.
Lets remove said big old box “wrapper”
Ta daaa! Magical lighting! With no way to turn it off, know its there, spend hours making something and then struggle for hours with lighting and then give up.
For clarity here are my settings:
So, given I’ve been doing this for quite a long time now and its my normal but when showing someone new this process they fall into the scared “this is way to complex” emotional state and quite frankly I agree with them. A new user is ALWAYS the best person to ask if a process is sane because they are looking at it with an untainted and pragmatic approach. Can some lovely kind person provide some light on the situation (punn intended) and is there a better way?
It would seem sensible to add a “camera light” option inside Tools > Options > Modeling Aids and have it default to off as if I didn’t draw it I didn’t assume it was on.