We were very pleased to hear that Mr. Shirasawa of HAKUHODO PRODUCT’S Inc. demonstrated their use of HDR Light Studio 5 in their visualisation pipeline at his presentation: A Making of the Fastest and High-Quality CG using QuadroVCA, MDL, IRAY by HAKUHODO PRODUCT’S INC. at the GPU Technology Conference Japan on September 18, 2015. He was also kind enough to share one of his slides with us from this event.
In this tutorial we will use HDR Light Studio 5 to combine two HDRI maps, using the floor area of one, and the sky area of another, mixing them with a soft blend at the horizon. We will then add a gradient across the whole map acting as a color filter.
1. Delete the Default Gradient Background light
2. Create a Picture Background and load a HDRI map
Ars Thanea is an Advertising Agency and Creative Production Studio based in Warsaw, Poland. They constantly deliver award-winning works for international and local brands, with a reputation for a bold approach with a huge love of polishing every detail. The company emphasise that every success they earn, they owe to the most professional people on board and the highest quality tools used on a daily basis.
Ars Thanea have been HDR Light Studio users since version 1.5. We caught up with them recently to find out how HDR Light Studio 5 was helping their lighting workflow.
“HDR Light Studio is definitely great software. The most important thing while using it is the huge improvement on efficiency for the whole Ars Thanea team. We can speed up production processes still keeping the highest standards of quality in our projects, which is priority number one for us.”
Marcin Molski – Business Unit Director
Peter Nowacki, 3D Artist, Ars Thanea – www.pnowacki.com
“HDR Light Studio is a perfect tool for product renders. I like it both with lighting up various materials, my favourite one is metal, and for creating the light for the main scene. While working on one of the recent projects, HBO Oscar Night, I used HDR Light Studio to get rid the reflection from the statue edges and to create the overall scene mood. I love this possibility of adding all the little lights – it allows me to present every single detail and show the product in a full glory. I also do appreciate that the software works very fast and has a enormous impact on my workflow.”
Anna Mierzejewska, 3D Artist, Ars Thanea – www.anagraphics.pl
“I like to use HDR Light Studio in projects that combine a photo shoot with 3D CGI. It’s so great that I am able to recreate and match the whole lighting set up so easily with HDR Light Studio. Most of all I love that, despite the simplicity of user interface, there is a huge variety of individual, realistic lighting. One of my favourite features is the Light Paint option, which lets you add highlights easily, right where you want them to be.”
Pawel Szklarski, 3D Artist, Ars Thanea – www.pawelszklarski.pl
“I have worked in the CGI industry over 10 years. I may say now, that over that time the automotive field became my hobby horse, which you can clearly see through my portfolio. They know this very well in Ars Thanea, and I’m consequently assigned to such projects. I’m responsible for lighting, shading and the rendering stages, so HDR Light Studio is like my second hand. The software is just irreplaceable in lighting-up the models in the scene, but I also use it to create the HDRI reflection maps of every part of the vehicle model – such as body, wheels, headlights, etc. Then I put the main HDRI maps to the “reflection” feature in the Light Dome, which makes combining the extra reflections much easier in the compositing process.”
Many thanks to the whole team at Ars Thanea for being awesome HDR Light Studio users, producing amazing work and spending time working with us on this feature. To see more amazing imagery from Ars Thanea – visit their web site at: www.arsthanea.com
In few minutes, HDR Light Studio can make a real difference to the final image. See how Spellwork Pictures enhanced this shot using HDR Light Studio, to add more lighting to enhance the appearance of the car. A polished final result, rendered in V-Ray for 3ds Max.
Thanks to spellwork.de and moofe.com
Maciek Ptaszynski has produced this fantastic ‘Automotive Studio Lighting’ Demonstration Video using HDR Light Studio 5, standalone. The final result above looks gorgeous.
Watch the video below to see Maciek light this shot from scratch, building up the lighting one light at a time in HDR Light Studio. The final shot is rendered in Maxwell Render.
Lightmap Ltd are looking forward to exhibiting at the ‘International CGI Workshop 2015‘ event in Hamburg, on the 17th and 18th of June.
We are excited to meet with many existing customers and partners at this event, and to create new ones. The speaker line up is fantastic and also includes many users of our software.
The venue is a photographic studio in the heart of Hamburg. A fitting location for an event focused on those using digital technology to produce the finest photo real imagery for advertising and marketing.
Of course we will be demonstrating HDR Light Studio 5 and will be able to preview some improvements coming in version 5.2 also. We hope to see you there!
Find out more and book tickets here: International CGI Workshop 2015
Just some of the exhibitors at this years event.
We are pleased to announce that the MODO 901 Connection has been released and added to our downloads page. Customers can now use HDR Light Studio 5.1 in a connection with MODO 901. For more details about the MODO connection please visit our MODO connection page for this plug-in.
In addition to this, the MODO Connections for 701 and 801 have also been updated to provide significant performance improvements with live updates. Please update to HDR Light Studio 5.1 in order to use these new connections.
We are pleased to announce that the 3ds Max 2016 Connection has been released and added to our downloads page. Customers can now use HDR Light Studio 5 in a connection with 3ds Max 2016. For more details about the 3ds Max connection please visit our web page for this plug-in.
FMX – May 5th – 8th 2015
Lightmap will be exhibiting at FMX 2015, come and find us in the market place to get hands on with the latest release of HDR Light Studio. Our team will be delighted to see you!
The venue for FMX 2015 is Haus der Wirtschaft | Willi-Bleicher-Straße 19 | 70174 Stuttgart | Germany.
For more information about the event visit: www.fmx.de