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About Lightmap

Lightmap are the developers of HDR Light Studio - a dedicated lighting application for 3D artists. HDR Light Studio enables artists to light their shots faster and with more creative control than traditional tools. The dedicated lighting interface speeds up the lighting process with drag and drop simplicity - but with precise lighting controls.

Video Tutorial for Composting Lightpainted Automotive Shots

You may find this video tutorial useful. Dave Cox is a Senior Automotive CGI Artist and Automotive Photographer. He has produced a step-by-step guide to how he shoots and then edits real world light painted automotive photographic layers – to create the final shot.

What peaked our interest is how these techniques are transferable to CGI shots. Picking and choosing how each light contributes to the shot, painting away areas where you don’t want the light to effect the subject to get the look you want. You can definately use this techniques with HDR Light Studio on your automotive projects by soloing lights and rendering out the passes you want to composite.

Dave kindly let us share this video tutorial here on our blog. He has actually been a long time HDR Light Studio user with his CGI work, but it’s nice to see his real world photogrpahy in action.

You can follow Dave in Instagram here: www.instagram.com/shootingdave

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3D TALK – Episode 4 – Allan Portilho

3D Talk - Allan Portilho

Welcome to the fourth episode of 3D TALK.

This conversation didn’t turn out as expected. We didn’t really talk about 3D software at all. The main theme of the conversation was finding out how Allan progressed his 3D career from the Amazon (Brazil) through to moving and working in the USA.

It’s a long and slow paced conversation, but well worth a listen. It’s humbling and inspiring to hear about Allan’s journey. Along the way he took a lot of risks, put in a lot of hard work, conquered learning English, lived apart from his wife, knocked on a lot of doors and was rejected time after time, but ultimately he became a success. He had faith in his talent and dedicated himself to improving his portfolio, which kept opening new doors for him.

His story is an inspiration to any struggling 3D artist.

Since this interview Allan has moved to Hollywood and is now creating key art for movies and TV shows at www.artmachine.com

Enjoy!
Press the ‘Play’ button below to listen, (You can also search for 3D Talk on iTunes)

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HDR Light Studio – Carbon Drop 3

The team here at Lightmap are thrilled to announce the release of HDR Light Studio Carbon Drop 3.

Our latest drop includes: Expanded Preset System, New Preset Content, Save your own Presets, New Octane Standalone Connection, and the Houdini Connection now supports Area Lights and Redshift renderer.

Expanded Presets System

Enhanced Presets System
In Carbon Drop 3, Presets have undergone a massive overhaul, expanding to include more lighting ingredient types than ever before. We have made lighting shots faster by developing a ‘Save your own Presets’ feature, which means your favourite lighting settings can be stored, dragged and dropped in an instant,  allowing for even more creativity and exploration in your lighting. These new features can be used by users of all plug-in connections! Continue reading

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HDR Light Studio – Carbon Drop 2

Wednesday 9th May 2018 – Today, Lightmap announces the immediate availability of HDR Light Studio – Carbon – Drop 2.

Drop 2 brings core new features for all HDR Light Studio users (whichever plug-in connection you use), allowing the creation of lights with more character and providing more creative lighting control. Additional enhancements make lighting even more productive. Plus updated compatibility for 3ds Max, MODO and DeltaGen.

“Lightmap completely understand what artists need to get great renders. This time around they have added ever greater controls to finesse individual lights with box gradients and value blends to craft any studio light imaginable. For product rendering, it will add to the beauty and natural look you get from high-end studios and from great photographers.”
Declan McGurry, Senior 3d Artist/Creative Retoucher, Schawk (London)

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Congrats to Goon on his Winning Shot!

We caught up with 3D artist Goon after he won a recent render challenge over at AutomotiveCGI. We were delighted to find out the shot was also lit with HDR Light Studio!Goon Overhead

“I’m a 3d Artist from Sydney, Australia. I’ve always had a passion for drawing and painting, and I knew I wanted to work in a creative field when I grew up. I have been working in the advertising industry for the last 8 years, primarily on large scale print images, which is undoubtedly my core passion. Continue reading

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HDR Light Studio – Connections Chart

HDR Light Studio can work with a wide range of leading 3D software. We have made this chart to easily see the connection features that are supported by each connection.

HDR Light Studio - Connections Chart

Click here to open a PDF version that also includes full descriptions of all 6 features.

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Requested version not supported

If you install a new version of HDR Light Studio or a Connection, you may see this message when you next start HDR Light Studio.

Requested version not supported (-6) HDRLightStudio. This is most likely due to your subscription/maintenance expiring.

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If you have a permanent license of HDR Light Studio, this message is showing because the version of HDR Light Studio or Connection being used is newer than the version date in your license file. Continue reading

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V-Ray and HDR Light Studio

HDR Light Studio let’s you paint your V-Ray scenes directly with light.
It’s fast, precise and improves image quality!

HDR Light Studio supports V-Ray and plugs into 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, MODO  and Rhino. As you light your 3D scene in HDR Light Studio, the plugin updates V-Ray RT in real-time. Welcome to interactive image based lighting!

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Try HDR Light Studio - V-Ray

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