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### Diffuse BRDF component of the Disney BRDF

In the SIGGRAPH course: BURLEY B.: Physically Based Shading at Disney, SIGGRAPH 2012 Course: Practical Physically Based Shading in Film and Game Production, 2012. it is mentioned that some BRDF ...
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### Where do “fireflies” come from?

I'm using a renderer developed by other people, and I found there are fireflies. It is strange that in a completely diffuse scene, there are still fireflies presented. To my understanding, I think it ...
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### Ask for help on understanding a formula related to change of variable

Although I have tried for a long time, I cannot understand Eq.(11) of paper "Microfacet Models for Refraction through Rough Surfaces" written by Bruce Walter, Stephen Marschner, Hongsong Li and ...
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### Predicting reflectance functions from complex surfaces

There are three principal ways to obtain a BRDF. We can Derive an analytic formula using physical principles Use simulation given an assumed or measured model of the surface microgeometry Measure ...
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### Wrong output while implementing GGX importance sampling

I'm receiving a non-energy conserving output while trying to importance sample the GGX Distributionof the Microfacet model, which is generally 3-4 times bigger than the resulting PDF I'm following ...
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### Should I use nonsymmetric BSDF for refraction in BPT?

I'm implementing bidirectional path tracing. I want to simulate perfect refraction. I read in the Veach thesis that a perfect refraction BSDF is non-symmetric. Does it mean that I need to use ...
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### Microfacet GGX not integrating as expected

I'm trying to complete a look-up table for an energy-conserving variation of microfacet GGX as implemented here: https://patapom.com/blog/BRDF/MSBRDFEnergyCompensation/ I have a (pretty standard) GGX ...
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### Mathematics of Sub Surface Scattering

Can somebody help explain the mathematics of Sub Surface Scattering in a Path Tracer based on the Diffuse Approximation in A Practical Model for Subsurface Light Transport ? I would like someone to ...
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### Better alternatives to the Lambert BRDF

After reading about the new Disney Diffuse BRDF, I have been wondering if this is currently the best Diffuse BRDF at the moment? How much more of a difference would this make compared to using a ...
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### How to simulate specular reflection in Light Tracing?

I am implementing light tracing from this website. The right wall on the below image is perfect mirror(specular reflection). Its BRDF returns zero that's why it's been rendered black. But how is it ...
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### How to properly implement Phong material and importance sample it in a path tracer?

I'm recently implementing Phong materials in my path tracer. My implementation of a randomly sampled Phong material works and looks fine. But it doesn't work well if the shininess(aka power) is too ...
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### Where to find BRDF textures

I've read about measured BDRFs and models like cook-torrance have parameters that need to be set. It isn't hard to imagine that these parameters and the measured properties would vary from point to ...
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Hi I'm trying to get a better understanding of the BRDF modeling. I only implemented naive diffuse(lambert), specular and microfacet BRDF before, but I don't have much experience in mixed BRDFs and ...
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### GGX BRDF is greater than 1?

I am implementing a GGX BRDF, this is the formula I used is from:https://schuttejoe.github.io/post/ggximportancesamplingpart1/ And this is my implementation: ...
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### confused on isotropic BRDF

I am reading a paper and there is a part I don't understand: I am wondering why the isotropic BRDF only depends on the view direction and roughness? Why is the light direction not related?
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### Normal Artifacts On Grazing Angles

I am currently experiencing a very obvious artifact that occurs when looking at objects on very grazing angles Here is a picture of the artifact: I noticed that the issue was coming from my ...
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### How to validate whether a reflection model is implemented correctly?

I think this is one of the most important part when you write a physically-based renderer. The solution I came up with is to put a sphere to the scene with a constant background radiance. Solve the ...
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### Mitsuba Bidirectional Framework

I'm confused by the Mitsuba bidirectional framework for quite a while now, especially by the different eval and connect ...
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### Explain Radiance Estimate for photon mapping

I'm adding photon mapping to my current raytracer to add indirect lighting. Can someone explain how the radiance estimate works in simple terms and with some simple math? I have read a lot of ...
### Why need a $h$ parameter in the Geometry Function of a BRDF
Geometry Function in the specular BRDF term is defined as $G(l, v, h)$. Why need a $h$ since $h=\frac{l+v}2$. $f_{spec}(l,v) = \frac{F(h,v)G_2(l,v,h)D(h)}{4|n\cdot l||n\cdot v|}$ from "Real Time ...