My first serious model in blender. How can I improve it?
Hi there, i think your bump amount is way too high. And the textures might need more resolution. The mapping looks good, though.
Also, looks like your scene is lit with a single lamp to the right. Try adding some fill light(s) to soften the shadows.
Looks like a good start!
How about adding some cuts/bevels coinciding with the lines in the texture that define the individual boards that make up the bucket.
I agree with the above comments. As for the lighting i would suggest 3 point lighting which would showcase your bucket better. Youtube have tutorials on this but i haven’t seen them.