I've learned about and implemented:
Principles of VBOs and their interaction with Shaders
Programming Lighting Calculations in Shaders
Shadow Maps and Cascaded Shadow Maps.
It seems that deferred shading/shadows are now the method of choice so I feel it is in my best interest to build a graphics pipeline using this system.
My two dilemmas are:
1. Does it make sense for me to pursue a deferred rendering system at this point (given my experience, etc.)
2. Should I continue learning from scattered papers and tutorials on the web or should I purchase a comprehensive textbook on modern OpenGL techniques?
In either case, I am finding it surprisingly difficult to find both textbooks and online articles that explain deferred shading and shadows in detail.
Advice, or suggested reading would be appreciated.
Edited by mv348, 03 October 2012 - 12:08 PM.