Armando from LeanArch asked if I could do some renders of our house plans for their website, so that's what I'm up to today. I'll be using a global illumination method called image based lighting to create the render. This works by first taking pictures at multiple exposures of a chrome ball to capture the true lighting and reflections of our back yard. These are then converted to a high dynamic range image (HDR) which will serve as a lighting cue for all the points on the surface of the 3D model. I'll post some work-in-progress shots as I go along.