The Art of Lighting, Materials
and exercises to get Photorealistic Rendering

Author: Ciro Sannino, V-Ray Mentor, Publisher: GC Edizioni
228 Pages, 15 exercises, 30 scenes + a DVD
Software used: V-Ray for 3ds Max, Concepts: for any V-Ray

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Too often we are concerned exclusively with the amount of light falling on an object when instead, a good portion of our attention should be focused on the quality of the shadows that it produces.

The book “CHIAROSCURO WITH V-RAY” is the perfect evolution of the previous book “Photography & Rendering with V-Ray”.

The artistic aspect, in particular, is further scrutinized, using chiaroscuro to steer the lighting techniques; photography remains a predominant element, while certain technical aspects, which have now become obsolete, make room for new explanations, new videos, and new exercises to substitute and enhance the ones in the previous book.

Shaping with light is a classic concept in photography and painting and its application to rendering brings a more profound vision and remarkable artistic momentum to this wonderful art form.

The book is targeted to both those who have never used V-Ray before and to those already familiar with the software, who are looking for a way to organize their ideas in a simpler and more linear fashion.


Images Featured in the Exercises

The renders below are part of the exercises, accompanied by the scenes on the DVD. The exercises move from simple to more complex lighting and from initial materials to layered and translucent ones. Interior and outdoor scenarios are included, as well as objects.  All the contents are carefully explained, both conceptually and practically, with targeted exercises.

Example Pages

Cover, Contents and some previews from the book

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Faq – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the shipping time?

Zero! We’ve just started the “Zero Shipping Time” offer: During the shipping time, a digital version of the book/dvd will be available to let you start studying immediately!

The physical copy generally takes:
Europe: 8-10 days
Canada-USA: 15-18 days
Rest of the world: 20-25 days

For any issue about the shipping, please contact directly the publisher:

Where can I purchase the book?

The only authorized store is the publisher > Buy it on GC Edizioni

Is the book be shipped everywhere in the World?

Of course! When you ADD The book to your Cart, you’ll see a drop down menu to add your country. Add it and check the shipping costs (super discounted prices in these days)

Will I be able to purchase the book after the presale?

Unfortunately, that won’t be possible. The books will only be printed as a limited edition for readers who purchase them in advance.

Is this a reprint or a new book?

This book is the Evolution of the previous one, with fresh content, exercises, and videos. With several references to the previous book ‘Photography & Rendering with V-Ray’ (which was not reprinted due to substantial changes in the software). The new volume is approachable even to those just starting out.

I use V−Ray for SketchUp, Rhino, C4D etc… Is your book also suitable in these cases?

The Ciro Sannino’s books are always based on universal priciples that work in any render engine. V-Ray for 3ds Max is used for practical applications but the concepts described and the mindset developed by adopting a photographic approach is universal and can be applied to any V-Ray version and platform. The videos and exercises are in 3ds Max format.

Will there be a digital version of the book?

During the shipping time, a digital version of the book/dvd will be available to let you start studying immediately. Once the book arrives at destination, the digital version is deactivated.

What’s the difference between the online course and the book? 

The online course is practice-oriented while the book focuses on reasoning and an in-depth understanding of the photographic mechanisms behind V-Ray. Many users find it ideal to combine these study tools. Contact us at to receive the bundle offer “Course + Book”.

Will there be an Italian and Spanish version? 

ITA / Versione italiano già disponibile  > QUI
ESP / La versión en español ya està disponibile > AQUI

Which version of V−Ray does the book refer to? 

The version used is V-Ray NEXT, however, everything described is equally valid for the previous version 3. The inevitable small discrepancies between the versions don’t jeopardize the logic behind its use or the methods applied.

Working with a photographic use of chiaroscuro doesn’t only improve the lighting but also, consequently, the appearance of the materials, which, as in a real photograph, react to the light surrounding them.

Ciro Sannino – “Chiaroscuro with V-Ray” / GC Edizoni – ed.2019