Category Archives: Customer Stories

A Dose of Festive Imagery

Season’s greetings from Lightmap. It’s on this note we have a lovely festive project to share with you.

This holiday season Dose Pictures wanted warm up their creative skills and give back to the community. The Holiday Dreams Project was created in collaboration with Green Star Movement, a nonprofit that inspires students and community through the creation of public art.

The Dose team needed to create 5 different, unique illustrations for this project in a very short amount of time. While 2d digital painting was used for most of the pieces, artist Chris Boyd thought it was a great opportunity to use CINEMA 4D, Octane Render and, of course, HDR Light Studio.

The narrative for this holiday image was, “design the coolest gingerbread house.” In which Chris had to interpret the young students drawing into a fully realized 3d illustration.

Here is the original drawing:

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Image Based Lighting… A piece of cake!

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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

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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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In conversation with Derek DSouza – Happy Finish

Founded in 2004, Happy Finish is a globally renowned Production Studio and Agency offering a vast range of cross-platform creative production services including VR, AR & Mixed Reality, 360 images, Stills Retouching & CGI, Animation and Motion Production & Post, as well as Artificial Intelligence. (Wow, that’s a lot of services!)

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Derek DSouza

We spoke to Derek DSouza, a CG Artist based at Happy Finish’s Mumbai Office, to discuss the challenges faced by CG Artists in India, his preferred workflow to meet these demands and of course how HDR Light Studio plays a key part of their workflow. Continue reading

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HDR Light Studio – Key to Sonoco-Trident 3D Success

bourjois_beauty Sonoco-Trident is the world’s fastest growing and most innovative digital brand management business. They have been using HDR Light Studio for 2 years now.

Let’s see what Sonoco-Trident 3D artists have to say about HDR Light Studio software.

  • The software allows us to very quickly create very realistic lighting set ups for our CGI scenes. It has completely changed how we build our scenes and allowed us to massively improve the quality of renders we produce.
  • HDR Light Studio is very easy to use, and gives us full control of specific highlights and shadows with its full spectrum of controls, presets and settings.
  • The software is perfect for creating studio style product shots, which is the bulk of what we do at Trident. It has everything you need to recreate a virtual photography studio on your desktop. Having the ability to ‘drag and drop’ a highlight means you can focus on creativity rather than technical limitations. Prefect for people who aren’t very technical, like me!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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