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.
HDR Light Studio adds an exciting new way to light your shots in LightWave 3D.
Newtek LightWave3D users can now enjoy live lighting sessions with HDR Light Studio – for the real-time creation and editing of HDRI maps with instant feedback in the VPR view.
HDR Light Studio adds an exciting new way to light your shots in LightWave 3D that’s: easy, fast, creative, and produces stunning final results. Simply click on the LightWave viewport, even in VPR mode or an Octane Live view, to position your lights where you want them directly on your shot, with instant visual feedback. This point and click lighting approach will revolutionize your rendering workflow – saving time and improving your renders.
“It’s exciting to see HDR Light Studio go to market with its new Live Connection plug-in for LightWave—the first designed to directly support LightWave’s VPR,” said Rob Powers, president, LightWave 3D Group. “By offering an interactive, real-time lighting tool that takes advantage of the power of the VPR in LightWave, artists are free to easily explore different image-based lighting scenarios. Image based lighting was a first in LightWave; it creates very realistic and subtle lighting of a scene. HDR Light Studio’s ability to tap into the VPR to extend image-based editing makes it an essential tool for any LightWave artist.”
Arion 2.5 Standalone now supports a live connection with HDR Light Studio 4 – providing real-time HDRI map creation and editing. We are really pleased that Random Control has added support for our lighting tool inside their amazing hybrid renderer. Do check out their website to find out more about Arion.
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 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.
…. and here’s the final shot comped together in Photoshop.
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
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.
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 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 →
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.
We were really happy to find out that HDR Light Studio has been used to light the car shots in the new MG3 ad, recently airing on UK TV. Harniman Photography has a nice blog article explaining the project and their involvement. Check it out here >
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: email@example.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 >