Hello, everyone! I’m new to this forum so I want to make a usual self-introduction first. My name is lizhaofeng1998 and I’ve been using Blender for only 2 months, so I need some advice to improve my skills.

Here’s a trophy scene I’m working with, it’s my first scene in Cycles and I want to make it more realistic(or believable).

The problems are, the shadows aren’t showing up, and the wood material is a bit dull:((I used the scene settings from a tut on cgtuts+). And I also need some tips on how to improve its realism. Thanks a lot for the tips and advice!

P.S. The lighting setup is the same as the tut.