reflection

In the book AGI (Advanced Global Illumination), the Phong BRDF is

$f_r(x,\Psi\leftrightarrow\Theta)=k_s\cfrac{(R\cdot\Theta)^n}{N\cdot\Psi}+k_d$

$k_d=\cfrac{albedo}\pi$


In Mitsuba and Tungsten, the Phong BRDF is

$f_r(x,\Psi\leftrightarrow\Theta)=[\cfrac{ratio_{diffuse}}\pi+\cfrac{(R\cdot\Theta)^n(n+2)(1-ratio_{diffuse})}{2\pi}]\cdot albedo$


Why there is a $\cfrac{n+2}{2\pi}$ in the specular part?

What's the relation between the two BRDFs?

up vote 5 down vote accepted

It's the normalization factor to make sure the BRDF always reflects the same amount of energy regardless of the value of the specular exponent n. Without that factor, changing the specular exponent changes the overall reflectance of the material.

Further reading: The Blinn-Phong Normalization Zoo | The Tenth Planet Blog

  • Yes, I thought of this after posting the question. And I'm trying to calculate $k_s$. – chaosink Aug 16 '17 at 9:20
  • Wow, the link you give is amazing! – chaosink Aug 16 '17 at 9:22

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