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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.

Jomar Machado lights up prestigious calendar with HDR Light Studio for 3ds Max

Jomar Machado has produced this stunning image for Shell’s 2014 Calendar. He created the shot using 3ds Max and Mental Ray to render the truck, car and motorbike. The vehicles were lit entirely with HDR Light Studio, used to enhanced an existing HDRI map to perfectly shape the lighting and reflections for a more dynamic final image with an illustrative style.

Jomar 3ds Max render

Jomar used the new HDR Light Studio live connection with 3ds Max to push his 3ds Max scene into HDR Light Studio, where the LiveLight preview window was used to position additional lights onto the HDRI map using the ‘point and click’ light placement tool – LightPaint. Jomar could easily and artistically place highlights and reflections to really sell the 3D form of his model and create the perfect lighting rig. Because the shot was lit entirely with a single HDRI map, then 3ds Max was able to render the final image too!

Here you can see some screen shots of the model loaded into HDR Light Studio’s LiveLight window.

Jomar - HDR Light Studio and 3ds Max

…. and here’s the final shot comped together in Photoshop.

Jomar - final shot lit with HDR Light Studio

A big thanks to Jomar Machado for sharing this work with Lightmap. To see more of his work using 3ds Max and Mental Ray, please do visit his blog or gallery.

Additional image credits: Art Director – Victor de Castro, Creative – Raul Fernandes

If you are impressed with this new way to light your scene and enhance HDRI maps in 3ds Max – check out the HDR Light Studio for 3ds Max web page for more details and example images.

Happy lighting!

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PK3D Studio – Studio Lighting with V-Ray for 3ds Max

The best part of developing creative software is when our customers share their artwork with us. Some images are a cut above the rest and take the quality bar to a higher level, and this is one of those cases. These images by PK3D Studio are absolutely stunning and show how computer generated imagery can truly be a replacement for photography.

PK3D Studio has been using HDR Light Studio with V-Ray for 3ds Max since version 1. It has become the main lighting tool for Piotr’s work in V-Ray. He only reaches for V-Ray 3D light sources once he has the main lighting accomplished using HDR Light Studio.

Here are some words from Piotr about the project:

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Brendan McCaffrey – HDRI Lighting in ‘V-Ray for 3ds Max’

We are so pleased that Brendan McCaffrey shared some of his latest work with us, lit with HDRI maps created with HDR Light Studio, and rendered in V-Ray for 3ds Max. These images are stunning!

Brendan said “I have been using HDR Light Studio for the last couple of years and it’s my constant companion. I recently completed a large product packaging project and used HDR Light Studio throughout.  The headphone images are a sample of the 200+ images and animations I created and not a single 3D light was used! Models were all CAD data from the manufacturer apart from the soft parts that I modelled.  All images were rendered at about 10k-18k pixels”

Here are just some of the images lit with HDRI maps in V-Ray for 3ds Max that he shared, you can see more of his stunning work at: www.bmcaff.com

If you have been inspired by Brendan’s shots, why not check out HDR Light Studio’s live connection with 3ds Max here.

V-Ray HDRI Render

Gratitude Headphones

V-Ray HDRI map lighting

Immersion – Headphones

V-Ray for 3ds Max lighting

Inspiration Headphones

Npulse

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V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino adds HDR Light Studio live connection

V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino

V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino is released today, and Lightmap are pleased to announce this latest version adds native support for a live connection with HDR Light Studio. Chaos Group and Lightmap have worked closely to develop a deep level of integration between our products, providing a great user experience – including our LightPaint ‘point and click’ light placement directly in the Rhino viewport. So now V-Ray for Rhino users can light their shots easier and faster than ever before with perfect final results. Continue reading

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HDR Light Studio 4.3 released

HDR Light Studio 4.3 has been released today and is available for immediate download from the Lightmap store.

This new version adds compatibility with Mac OSX Mavericks, adds new API functions required for future ‘live plug-ins’ and includes a new ‘online update’ feature to inform users when a new build of HDR Light Studio or it’s plug-ins are available to download.

A new license key is not required when updating. So users can simply install over the top of their existing installations. Remember to update any live plug-ins at the same time to ensure compatibility with 4.3.

Happy lighting from the Lightmap team!

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HDR Light Studio – New Educational Pricing

HDR Light Studio - Educational

Lightmap Ltd is proud to announce new pricing on HDR Light Studio Educational Software.

Colleges & Universities can now get HDR Light Studio software for FREE! Email: sales@hdrlightstudio.com to apply for your software.

Students and teachers in higher education can now buy a 1 year educational license of HDR Light Studio Complete for just £15, see here for more details >

For some inspiration check out what student Oddur Sigurdsson got up to using his educational license of HDR Light Studio when studying at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. Read the customer story here >

Oddur Example Image
Oddur Sigurdsson

 

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Black Friday Sale

Black Friday Sale

Light up your Black Friday!

Put Friday 29th November in your calendar and don’t miss out on these big savings!

HDR Light Studio 4 – Complete – SALE PRICE – £199 (33% off)
HDR Light Studio 4 – Complete – Upgrade from any v1 or 2, and from HDRLS for MODO) – SALE PRICE – £99

HDR Light Studio 4 for MODO – SALE PRICE – £145 (25% off)

HDR Light Studio 4 for Bunkspeed – SALE PRICE – £199 (20% off)

HDR Light Studio 4 – Starter Pack (2 Floating Licenses + Server Software) – SALE PRICE – £765 (15% off)
HDR Light Studio 4 – Starter Pack – Upgrade from 1 x HDRLS4 – Complete – SALE PRICE – £595 (15% off)
HDR Light Studio 4 – Starter Pack – Upgrade from 2 x HDRLS4 – Complete – SALE PRICE – £510 (15% off)

HDR Light Studio 4 – Extra Floating Licenses – SALE PRICE – £382.50 per seat (15% off)

Real Suns – Picture Light Pack – SALE PRICE – £49 (50% off)

 THE SALE HAS NOW ENDED!

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Stunning Automotive Shots from MIGS FOTO

MIGS FOTO Detail

MIGS FOTO has shared these stunning images with us, created with KeyShot and HDR Light Studio. I wonder how many lights the HDRLS project has in it?

A big thanks to MIGS for sharing them with us. See more quality car shots from MIGS at: www.migsfoto.com

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