Light positioning

Light positioning

Post by Gernot Frisc » Sat, 28 Jun 2003 17:53:13


I'm doing a gluLookAt and then:


Now, how can I position & rotate a light, so that it behaves like
I tried PrepareMatrix before the ligh calls, but the light position is
always somewhat relaitve to the camera poisition...

Thank you,

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1. Problem with lighting and light position


I've my code that seems like that:

void renderScene()
    GLfloat lightPosition[] = { 10.0f, 15.0f, 10.0f, 1.0f };



    glTranslatef(0.0f, 0.0f, -zoom);

    glLightfv(GL_LIGHT1, GL_LIGHT_POSITON, lighPosition);

    glRotatef( rotX, 1.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f );
    glRotatef( rotY, 0.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f );




My problem is when zoom is lower than lightPosition[2], (when the "camera"
is placed nearer to the object than the light),
it seems as if the light is suddenly setting on the opposite of its actual
position. It lights my objects from the bottom-rear-left instead
of upper-front-right. This change seems to occur only when  zoom is lower to

I think i may have misunderstood the way openGL is positionning light.

I've tried to reproduce this effect in the Nate's Robin Tutors programs but
with no results.

Normals seems to be correct and lighting is enabled ;)

Thanks for help


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