There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' Isaac Asimov

Inimicus Dei Constituitur

Daz Studio

Lately, while commenting on images in various groups, two interrelated concepts have come up: iRay's desire for light to render 'noiseless' images and the idea of a 'dark' render. Let's tackle that first one.

iRay is a photoreal render engine. It functions, in physics terms, as a camera. A camera, in the physical world, needs light in order to produce an image. There's no getting around this: it's the way the engine works, and it does a very good job of simulating the physics of real world light.

Okay, back for round two of my essential tools. Ready?

Quick Shots 1 got me thinking a little differently about what I write here. After a year in, I think that was needed. I'll still be doing reviews, but they won't be the main focus (they take a long time and aren't nearly as fun as you'd think). But I appreciate that they have assisted folks and that people like my writing style and that I am not afraid to express my opinion even when its not a positive opinion. Also, Quick Shot 1 produced some discussion about similar light sets and how I felt about having a few of them. So I thought, maybe, people might be interested in what I consider to be my most essential tools (right now, this will change over time).