3d photography / CGI photography – Introductory course

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Photography is the first tool that comes to mind when you think of capturing or creating an advertising image, but in reality it is not the only one. For years we have been surrounded by images that show the product in increasingly captivating ways, many of these images are made in Computer Graphics (CGI).

By combining the technical knowledge of shooting and light management, typically used in photography, with innovative tools and software, such as 3ds Max, V-Ray, Photoshop, a new professional figure is born, that of the CGI Photographer, a figure who in Italy is much requested by advertising agencies, but which is still not widespread.

With the course in CGI Photography you will be able to learn the techniques necessary for the graphic rendering of images to be used in the vast sector of product visualization. From the representation of the product, useful for graphics for packaging and sale, up to the creation of images for advertising purposes for catalogs, posters, etc.; rendering used as a graphical representation tool.

The Basic course aims to give the student the basic knowledge of photography and the typical tools of a studio photo shoot. Basic lessons on photography studio lighting and techniques for using light in V-Ray for 3ds Max will be addressed, with a transposition from real to virtual. V-Ray and photography represent the main backbone of the course, but there will be hints related to 3ds Max and Photoshop.

As the course focuses on 3D Photography, models provided by the lecturer will be used, therefore modeling lessons are not provided. The course deals with the entire management of a scene in a 3D environment, from the lighting of the objects, to the rendering of the materials, up to the return of the image for Photoshop compositing.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Type of course: online group
Participants: min 8/max 12
Attendance: Thursdays 5 pm – 8 pm
Beginning/end of the Course: September 10 – October 22, 2020
Length: 7 lessons / 21 hours in total
Enrollment deadline: September 3, 2020
Cost: 220 euro (to be paid in full upon enrollment)
Language: Italian
Requirements: Basic knowledge of computers and a Windows operating system. The course is aimed at students of photography, graphics and visual communication, designers, graphic designers, graphic studios, photographic studios, etc.
Lecturer: Raffaele Vella

LOCATION, PERIOD, DAYS AND TIME

Thursdays: 5 pm – 8 pm

LESSON TIMETABLE

September: 10/17/24
October: 1/8/15/22
* The calendar is subject to variations. Any classes not held will be held within the month of July 2019.

COURSE PROGRAMME

Objectives: The aim of the course is to convey to the student the acquisition of the use of all the tools necessary for the management of the aspects concerning the final rendering of images in CGI; with particular attention to photographic techniques and to the transposition of these techniques in a 3D environment.

Lesson 1: INTRODUCTION
• Computer Graphics and Photography
• Photography as a communications instrument
• Interface and software used

Lesson 2: IMPORT AND EDITING OF 3D GEOMETRIES – Part I
• Modeling of studio sets – practical examples
• Real photographic equipment and virtual photographic equipment

Lesson 3: IMPORT AND EDITING OF 3D GEOMETRIES – Parte II
• import and editing of 3d geometries
• Photographic studio lighting techniques – real and virtual examples

Lesson 4: V-RAY RENDERING – Part I
• V-Ray as a render engine in 3ds Max
• Parameters and types of calculation

Lesson 5: V-RAY RENDERING – Part II
• Tecniche d’illuminazione da studio in V-Ray
• La luce come strumento narrativo

Lesson 6: V-RAY RENDERING – Part III
• Creation of V-Ray materials
• Rendering as a representation tool

Lesson 7: COMPOSITING AND FINALIZATION
• Importing Passes into Photoshop
• Compositing management
• Post-Production and image finalization.

LECTURER

Raffaele Vella
Autodesk for 3ds Max certified teacher
Chaos Group – V-Ray Licensed Trainer
Author: V-Ray Definitive guide

He was born in Avellino in 1985. In Rome, where he still lives, he attended the faculty of Architecture “Valle Giulia ” at “Sapienza” University, achieving a degree cum laude.
Author and Editor, he writes the Volume V-Ray Definitive Guide and is responsible for the columns Universe 3ds Max and Universe V-Ray for the magazine Computer Graphics – Techniques & Applications (CGT & A) published by Imago Edizioni.

He was responsible for the graphic design and layout of the magazine PeriodicoMARCO.

Speaker in workshops and conferences. Among the most relevant nationally there is DDD – Digital Drawing Day 2012 and 2013, Rome Drawing Day edition 2013, Udine 3D Forum 2013 and 2014.
Moderator of the V-Ray section of the Imaginaction.com Forum.

A significant part of his professional activity is devoted to Architecture alongside Computer Graphics. He is interested in Photography, considering the latter an expression of infinite possibilities, an indispensable tool for visual research.

He collaborates with several Architecture and Photography studios as a CGI Photographer, for which he takes care of Photo-Realistic 3D Graphic Restitution.
Lecturer of the 3D Digital Architecture course at Rainbow Academy and Computer Graphics 2 in the Photography Bachelor of Arts at RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts.

FEE REDUCTIONS

RUFA students: 10%
University: 5%  (upon presentation of the University booklet)
Course package: if you have signed up for two or more courses, you are eligible for a 10% reduction on any courses purchased after the first one.

At the end of the course, upon request, a certificate of attendance will be issued after attending at least 6 of the 7 lessons.

INFO & ENROLLMENT:
corsibrevi@unirufa.it | +39 06.85865917 | +39 06.85355862

©image created by Iris Gentili during the 3D photography course