The videos are recorded in an older version of Maya, so there will be a bit of a gap between what you are watching and the latest version of Maya that you are running.
But, the basic principles of lighting remain unchanged, even though the interface is a bit different.
Birn is the author of Digital Lighting and Rendering (see image above) which you can buy at amazon. His credentials in our industry are pretty much as good as it gets, having worked for many years as a TD at Pixar, and having lit shots in movies such as The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Toy Story 3, and Monsters University.
You can find his videos, hosted for free at Vimeo, here. Needless to say Escape Studios have a great deal of online material available to our students, to supplement and support our regular scheduled classes. But we still encourage all our students to make maximum use of a wide range of online tutorials. It's amazing what you can learn now online, as long as you have a workstation and an internet connection.
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