I’m trying to light a semi-reflective eBook cover mockup for someone. Trouble is, my lighting looks, well… crap.
I’ve tried shifting lights around, playing with energy values, reflectivity etc, but I keep just getting either super low contrast images (see .blend file attached) or areas that are completely burnt out to white. I know I could fake it with a contrast composite node, but I’d prefer a better result by fixing lighting problems with a better lighting set up than trying to hack around it afterwards in post.
I’m sure there has to be some fairly standard lighting setup to just show everything fairly evenly lit, without burnt hilights or super-low contrast. Trouble is that I seem to be having trouble finding it.
I’m trying for something like this image from the Blender estore (ok, maybe with a bit more emphasis on the cover than the spine):
ecover-book1-v1_layout.blend (254 KB)