Autodesk Maya offers wide varieties of effects and customization. With tight integration with Mental Ray Maya rendering power and customization reached a high level. Most of the people don’t know the basics and easy tricks for achieving good rendering with Mental Ray. If you try something with worse settings you will get prolonged render time (due to high utilization of processor, GPU and RAM with unmatched settings). In this tutorial you will learn the basics of Maya Physical Sun and Sky pre-set and some easy tricks to achieve the desired rendering with in short time period.
I have used an evening style rendering technique with Physical sun and sky for this tutorial. The scene file is from the Maya ncloth Tutorial Flag. Follow the tutorial and play with different settings. If you have any doubts leave a comment.