Lighting is something that can make the difference between a ho-hum rendered image and one that has that "wow factor". It doesn't matter how well you draw your plan or how much detail you include...if the lighting is off then your rendered results will be disappointing. Lighting is one of the least understood and least documented aspects of SoftPlan. In the manual and Help system most lighting settings only have just a short paragraph explaining what a setting is suppose to do. Unfortunately there is nothing telling you "how" to do it.
Finding that sweet spot where the rendering doesn't look washed out or too dark can be challenging. Creating shadows that convey depth and detail without hiding other details requires a certain understanding of lighting techniques. In many respects lighting in a rendering has the same challenges a photographer must overcome in real life.
I would like to create a discussion to allow those of you who have mastered lighting to pass along some tips to those who are struggling with it. This could be a great opportunity for everybody to learn something.
Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com