Advanced lighting class! A black suit against a dark background and forties film noir style glamor lighting on the face. I’m now comfortable setting lights, well the spotlight at least, which is the most like a real Fresnel movie light. Still not too sure about some of the other style lights available in the program. I tried using a point light as a fill light and it was a disaster, very unrealistic looking. I’m going to stick to spotlights for interior lighting. Wish they had barn doors to make a quick slash on the wall. I made a “flag” with a flattened solid primitive cube though and that worked.
The background is actually a scifi medical bay set with diagnostic beds and everything. I spent hours trying different background lights but eventually settled on leaving it dark with only the computer monitors lit. It just seems more mysterious that way. It’s the same on a movie set. If the lighting isn’t working you’re probably using too many lights. Turn some off and see what it looks like. Chances are it will be better.