High-Quality Rendering Using Ray Tracing and Photon Mapping

Henrik Wann Jensen and Per H. Christensen

Abstract: Detailed descriptions of the ray-tracing and photon-mapping algorithms for rendering complex scenes with indirect illumination, caustics, participating media, and subsurface scattering. The emphasis is on the practical insight necessary to use and implement these algorithms in production of high-quality images in movies, games, architecture, etc.

One-line summary: Ray tracing and photon mapping: from fundamental concepts to recent research.

Published in: SIGGRAPH 2007 Course Note #8. ACM, August 2007. (San Diego, USA, August 5-9.)

Download course notes here: paper.pdf. (Note: the version on the SIGGRAPH DVD unfortunately has wrong math font and misplaced figure annotations.)

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