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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.

Image Based Lighting… A piece of cake!

Fabio Ciliberti - Breakfast

Such a mouth watering set of images have been shared with us – delicious, we are drooling. Even better, they include a tribute to the software used in making them – Octane Render and HDR Light Studio logos are included. OK, we can’t wait any longer… we’re off to the cafe whilst you enjoy the rest of these images. Continue reading

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Masayoshi Shinohara – Portrait of Nozomi Sasaki

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We came across a stunning piece of work by Japanese 3D artist Masayoshi Shinohara. A lifelike portrait of Nozomi Sasaki, a fashion model in Japan. We were pleased to discover the shot was lit with the help of HDR Light Studio. So we got in touch with Masayoshi to find out how HDR Light Studio helped with the lighting process in Maya with Arnold Render.

Masayoshi says…

“I took photos for reference. For the test, I used an exterior HDRI for lighting. But when I compared the reference with test render image, I could see I needed more natural sunlight and soft shadows, and I noticed the specular and reflections were not high enough.

I used HDR Light Studio to settle these problems easily. LightPaint helped me a lot. Increasing/decreasing light in a moment. I could change the light direction exactly as I wanted.

The realistic reflections in the eye, and skin specular – these are made using HDR Light Studio’s preset light source content. There are lots to choose from. Then I made fine adjustments in each light’s properties. It’s a simple workflow.

My final render is using only one SkydomeLight with a HDRI map from HDR Light Studio.”

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Additional Project Details:
Modeling and details done in ZBrush.
Texture painting in Mari.
Hair using GeoMayaHair.
Rendered in Maya, Arnold (alShader).

To see more of Masayoshi Shinohara work, visit: shimasay.com

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Shadowplay – Customer Feature Video

Shadowplay

Shadowplay are a UK based studio providing CGI, Photography, Film, VR, Animation and Retouching services. They are visual storytellers with the skills and vision to bring any ideas to life.

We visited their studio in Gloucester to find out more about their work, tools and how HDR Light Studio is helping them to light their CGI images. We spoke with 3D Artist, Alex Birchmore.

Enjoy the video below.

A big thank you to the team at Shadowplay for hosting and spending their time with us.

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CINEMA 4D R19 Support Released

Cinema 4D R19

An updated HDR Light Studio plug-in connection for CINEMA 4D R19 is now available for customers to download or for trials.

CINEMA 4D R19 is a fantastic new update from Maxon. The new viewport reflections for IBL and Area Lights work fantastic with HDR Light Studio, giving even more live feedback during the lighting process. Plus the new ProRender renderer is also working great with HDR Light Studio.

CINEMA 4D R19 and HDR Light Studio

This new 2017.1123 build of the Cinema 4D Connection also fixes several bugs:
Fixed: C4DtoA hook stopped working after Arnold 2.1.2 update
Fixed: C4DtoA Area light textures are not loading correctly
Fixed: Bug where selecting an object, then copy and paste it (either CTRL+C then CTRL +V, or CTRL+Drag) the HDR Light Studio Environment was being selected.

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3D TALK – Episode 2 – Samuel Axelsson

3D TALK - Episode 2

Welcome to the second episode of 3D TALK.

Mark Segasby talks with HDR Light Studio user Samuel Axelsson. We discuss his path into 3D, the software he uses, his product visualization work for POC, his retouching for Volvo and his 3 year break from 3D learning to paint. It was an amazingly fun conversation.

Enjoy!
Press the ‘Play’ button below to listen

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MODO 11 Compatible

MODO 11 Support

Lightmap announces the immediate availability of the HDR Light Studio Connection for MODO 11. Compatible with MODO, Octane and V-Ray renderers.

Please Note: LightPaint in the MODO viewport in MODO version 11.1 does not work.
We are working with Foundry to find a fix for this issue. LightPaint works fine in MODO 11.0 viewport.

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Ars Thanea – Customer Feature Video

Ars Thanea is an award-winning CGI Studio and home to very talented creatives, thinkers and makers who blend mixtures of ideas and craft around extremely engaging stories to deliver stunning, effective results for their clients.

Ars Thanea loosely translates from Greek as ‘the art of imagination’ and when we visited their Warsaw studio it quickly became apparent that they live up to their name.

The predominantly glass building is papered with drawings penned by their artists.  The space is broken up creatively by wood, rope and other structural features that retain a feeling of openness.  A variety of interesting lighting rigs add to the ambience of the different areas and there’s even a bed if the day becomes a bit much and you feel like a nap.

We were there to understand the role that HDR Light Studio plays in the creation of their beautiful work and spent time getting under the hood on some recent projects.  You can see the results in our video below.

A massive thanks to our amazing hosts at Ars Thanea for being so welcoming.

Lightmap and Ars ThaneaLeft to right: Marcin Molski (Ars Thanea), Mark Segasby (Lightmap), Lucy Cooper (Lightmap), Aleksandra Watras (Ars Thanea)

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