Category Archives: Customer Stories

Duncan Dix Audi A3 project lit with HDR Light Studio

Duncan Dix is D&AD awarded Creative Director with 10 years’ experience across Broadcast, Film, Live Event & Print. Duncan lit Audi A3 images with HDR Light Studio and shared his story of lighting with us.

Audi A3

Audi A3

Here is what he says- I’m finding Light Studio indispensable. It’s one of those things – once you use it it’s hard to go back to a workflow without it.

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John Wick 2 – Amador Valenzuela’s stunning work lit with HDR Light Studio


Amador Valenzuela is Founder & Creative Director of Black Book Studio. Black Book Studio is a creative studio focused on design & animation for the entertainment, advertising, and independent entrepreneur communities.


Black Book recently used HDR Light Studio for lighting the opening shots in the movie John Wick 2. We got in touch to find out more about Amador’s history in 3D, the tools he uses, and how HDR Light Studio was used for John Wick 2.

Amador, how did you get started in 3D?
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. In high school, I took scenic design classes where we built sets for plays. It taught me how to work in a team environment which I loved. 3D seemed to be a mixture of those traditional mediums taken to the next level. I figured demand for that kind of work would only grow over time, so I made a strategic decision to study “computer animation” in College.

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Alberto Luque Marta – First experience with HDR Light Studio

Alberto Luque Marta used HDR Light Studio for the first time to light his project. We were excited to know about his first impression.


He said “The advantage is quite clear, you have the possibility to create a study light or custom fill light to illuminate the model you are going to light and not use a pre-made one.
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2017 Survey Winners

At Lightmap, we enjoy doing customer surveys to understand what you love about HDR Light Studio and what you want us to improve. We are grateful to our customers who took time to complete the survey and share some amazing insights. It will definitely help us shape the software in future.

Through the survey, we found that 98% of customers would recommend HDR Light Studio to a friend or colleague. This is a big achievement for us! Thank you for loving and lighting with us.

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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)


Cinema 4D Artists: Markus von Luecken – Bildbotschaft

Founded in 2008, Bildbotschaft is a German CGI and retouching studio specialising in the creation of high quality, beautiful images. Bildbotschaft collaborates with leading creatives and agencies to achieve the most creative outcomes possible.

Called out as one of the world’s top 200 digital artists by the Luerzer’s Archive, Founder and owner Markus von Luecken is a renowned digital artist whose work has been featured in numerous magazines and books about photography and digital art globally including ‘Graphis ‚100 Best in Photography‘ and One Eyeland ‘Best of the Best Photographers’.

Markus loves digital art and enjoys working with emerging and established talents from the creative industry.  His work is based on the quintessence of photography: painting with light.

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MODO Artist: Kaoru Toyoguchi – JVCKENWOOD

Kaoru Toyoguchi is a Designer at the JVCKENWOOD Design Corporation in Japan, where he produces beautiful still images and animated visualizations of their products for packaging, catalogues and online. We caught up with Kaoru, who uses HDR Light Studio on 100% of his images, to understand why.



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Delicious Computer Generated Imagery


Luminous Creative Imaging have produced a really gorgeous personal project: Caramel Loves Chocolate.

It’s about fluid dynamics, color, taste, and chocolate and caramel in a loving embrace. Everything was created in 3D and sculpted in Mudbox. Lighting was done in HDR Light Studio 5 and rendered with Maya/Mental Ray.


The Complete Shot


Sculpting in Mudbox

Lighting in HDR Light Studio 5

Lighting in HDR Light Studio 5