Before you even think of asking: Yes, this uses the Blender Internal Renderer – and it’s a lot simpler than you think!
HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a image format that stores data about lighting and can hence be used to light a scene in blender. In fact, you don’t even need a single lamp!
Find out how you can stun yourself with realism by watching the tutorial!
- how to use HDR lighting with the Blender Internal Renderer
- where to get HDR images
- how to set up HDR lighting without any lamps
- the meaning of life
Blender Version: 2.56
HDR images and HDR time-lapses: http://www.openfootage.net/?cat=15
Just a few more: http://www.hdrmill.com/Freebies.htm
A useful thread with lots of links: http://www.3dm3.com/forum/f123/free-hdri-images-5982/
A nice collection of 58 HDR images (not tested): http://www.cgindia.org/2006/06/download-58-free-hdri.html