We all like nice surprises, and it was a very nice surprise to find out that HDR Light Studio was used to light the photo-real CG renders for the ‘Surface’ launch – the advanced new tablet computer created by Microsoft. Even better, it’s nice to know that the team at Microsoft continue to use HDR Light Studio for forthcoming images of the new Surface Pro and beyond, it’s now an essential part of their CG lighting workflow for marketing images, be that in KeyShot, Maya… in fact any renderer. The beauty of HDR Light Studio is it supports any software using image based lighting – so once you learn it, you can take it to any 3D software for great photo real results. Continue reading →
Caetano Brasil, Tiago Aiello and Felipe Roque have used HDR Light Studio to light some amazing CGI shots of the new Citroen C3. They are big fans of HDR Light Studio and now use it on most jobs. We are so pleased they do!
Framestore NYC were beta testers for the new HDR Light Studio 4. They put it to good use on a recent commercial for Mercedes. Andy Rowan-Robinson, CG Supervisor, FrameStore NYC, explains their use of HDR Light Studio 4 for the spot “….we used HDR Light Studio on base HDRI images that were shot on location. These were taken into HDR Light Studio – working as a plugin in combination with Maya and LightPaint – to enable us to accurately place highlights and darken / bring up the original HDRI as required to shape the lighting. It turned out to be an efficient and fun way to light – we could get feedback quickly from the Lightpaint window and take it across for higher quality renders in our renderer in Maya.”
For more information on this commercial visit the Framstore web site: http://www.framestore.com/work/mercedes-through-and-through
Nigel from www.aircgi.com sent us this awesome shot that the team there recently put together, a Formula 1 car tearing down a Chicago backstreet in the rain. Superb stuff. Created in 3DS Max and V-Ray. Lit with HDR Light Studio of course! Click on the images and soak in the pixel perfection in hi-res.
This is a great animation project shared with us by Robert at Visual Arts Productions (www.v-arts.ch). It’s really great to see HDR Light Studio used on animation projects… a great job and well done to the team over there.
Lightmap are delighted to have Stanley Black & Decker onboard as new users of HDR Light Studio software.
“The HDR Light Studio plugin for KeyShot has dramatically improved our workflow. We now have full creative freedom to experiment with different lighting schemes with dynamic results. The combination of KeyShot and HDR Light Studio is our design teams complete solution for digital 3D visualization. “
Dave Miller, Designer, Stanley Black and Decker
It does however fail to mention that Jeff has been a long time user of HDR Light Studio in his work, and in fact it’s a key component in achieving his superb results. Nearly all Jeff’s renders now utilize HDR Light Studio – in most cases representing all of the lighting for the scene. Jeff is able to take background photographs and build convincing HDR environments using HDR Light Studio to work on top of existing HDR environments from other locations and craft them using additional lighting and effects – so you’d never guess no HDR was shot on the background location.
The results are great car renders that bring out the best in the vehicle whilst bedding the car into the background. Certainly iRay and HDR Light Studio has proven to be an ideal partnership here.