Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating sunlight, part of Blender Essential Training.
Now let's take a look at the last lamp in Blender, and that's the Sun lamp.…And this creates a good approximation of sun, and it can also add in sky as well.…So let's go ahead and add in a Lamp > Sun.…Now the Sun lamp basically works the same as a Hemi lamp, in that it is…directional and not positional.…So really the only thing that matters is the direction of the light.…So I can basically keep this light here at the origin where it came in, or if I…want, I can move it anywhere I want in the scene.…
Now I'm going to move it a little bit up here so we can just see it, but the…direction of the light is really all that matters.…So if I rendered this as is, you'll get light from above. In other words, you'll…get pretty much noon sky.…Now if I want to I can rotate this, so if I rotate it this way, then you can see…how the light now comes from the front of the building.…So if I change this to Local and I angle this a little bit more, you can see how,…again, I can get light from the side.…
One of the big differences between the Sun lamp and the Hemi lamp is that the…
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