Lighting

I have a light source above an object. The position directly under the object should be light up more be the brightest and as the light spreads out it’s intensity decreases. I only have diffuse and ambient light set up. Would setting up specular light provide the effect what I’m looking for?

Make sure your light is positional and not directional (infinite), as the default light is directional.

GLfloat lightPosition[] = { x, y, z, w };
glLightfv(GL_LIGHT0, GL_POSITION, lightPosition);

Where w = 0 for directional light, and w = 1 for positional light.

Also look at “light attenuation”.

glLightfv(GL_LIGHT0, GL_CONSTANT_ATTENUATION, &fLightAtten[0]);
glLightfv(GL_LIGHT0, GL_LINEAR_ATTENUATION, &fLightAtten[1]);
glLightfv(GL_LIGHT0, GL_QUADRATIC_ATTENUATION, &fLightAtten[2]);

These are all discussed in the spec, and more info can be found via a Google search.

Hope that helps.