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Indirect Light

Indirect light is the opposite of direct light. Whereas direct light is light that travels straight from the light source to an object in a 3D scene, indirect light is the reflection from one object that shines on a second.

Indirect light occurs through radiosity - diffuse illumination or diffuse reflection that occurs when light hitting one object is reflected on to other objects. This adds additional calculation overhead such that every object is treated as a secondary light source much weaker than the first. Understandably, as the number of objects in the scene increases, the calculations required quickly approach infinite levels, especially if secondary or tertiary reflections are to be considered.

For now, direct light is usually the only method considered in real-time rendering, when many frames have to be rendered every second.

See Also: Direct Light, Caustic Shading, Diffuse Interreflection, Progressive Radiosity, Hierarchical Radiosity, Radiosity, Caustics, Lighting Pass, Anisotropic Shading, Raycasting, Raytracing, Frame Rate

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