Category Archives: HDR Light Studio News

HDR Light Studio 3.0 has arrived!

Lightmap launches HDR Light Studio version 3.0


HDR Light Studio v3.0 features: Collada support, new light blending modes, custom fall-off curves and faster render times

 

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1st January 2012 – Lightmap today announced immediate availability of HDR Light Studio v3.0 – the most incredible version yet of their groundbreaking real-time lighting software. Packed with new features including; localized exposure, color and saturation tools using new light blending modes, custom fall-off curves, a new color system for lighting artists and Collada support. Continue reading

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Lighting Contest 2011 – Results

First of all… big thanks to everyone who entered. It was great to see what our customers have been up to with HDR Light Studio.

It wasn’t easy to choose the winners from the wide range of entries and subject matter we received. The top 3 represents the selections of all the judges… but we were by no means all in agreement – this was tough… many images were really great and it is a very subjective task. This competition was all about the lighting and how the image based lighting had contributed to the final render. The top 3 images clearly demonstrate how good image based lighting, even if it is simple and subtle, can bring a 3D object to life.

Onto the results… (Fanfare!) Continue reading

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HDR Light Studio – Lighting Contest 2011

LIGHT UP OUR WORLD!!!

Lightmap are inviting customers to submit their images into this year’s Lighting Contest. We are looking for creative and inspiring images showcasing the power of HDR Light Studio lighting. The subject matter is not important… it can be a car or a bumble bee, a studio shot or within an environment. We are looking for images that ooze the quality required for high end advertising imagery. It doesn’t need to be new work made for this competition; past projects can be submitted… as long as HDR Light Studio has played a major role in the lighting of the final image. Continue reading

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Jeff Patton NVIDIA feature

There’s a nice feature on Jeff Patton and his work using 3DS Max with iRay on the NVidia web site. Check it out here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/mercedes-benz.html

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.

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HDR Light Studio Live for KeyShot

HDR Light Studio Live plug-in for KeyShot released!

LONDON – 1st September, 2011
Lightmap Ltd is proud to announce the launch of the HDR Light Studio Live plug-in for Luxion KeyShot. HDR Light Studio brings a professional real-time HDRI lighting tool-kit directly into KeyShot to allow users to vastly improve the quality of their renders with custom lighting designs for each shot that brings out the best in the subject. With its simple yet powerful interface, 3D artists, designers and engineers of all levels can quickly transform their shots into works of art to help sell their new ideas. Existing HDR environments can be augmented to improve the quality of their renders with more control over the lighting and reflections. Continue reading

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Real Suns by Hyperfocal Design

The Real Suns Light Pack adds 8 highly varied HDRI sun captures to ‘HDR Light Studio 2.0’. These can be used and positioned like any other light source. Use Real Suns to add drama and life to existing dull HDRI environments. Bring your car renders to life with a moody sunset or add interest in your reflections and highlights with the subtle cloud patterns found around the suns.

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Maxwell Render support for HDR Light Studio Live Plugin

Unique New Solution to Provide Simple and Powerful Lighting Approach to the Creation of Photo-quality Renders

LONDON – March 9, 2011 – Lightmap Ltd., makers of HDR Light Studio, and Next Limit Technologies, creators of Maxwell Render, are excited to announce HDR Light Studio Live for Maxwell Render, a new plugin that provides users with a totally new approach to lighting objects. This software will aid the visualization process for jewellery, product and automotive designers by adding interactive real-time lighting, reflection design and HDRI environment augmentation within Maxwell Studio.

HDR Light Studio Live is designed specifically for HDRI lighting design and enables the replication of a studio photography experience. Containing over 100 pictures lights, the plugin includes a wide range of studio light source captures for added realism and provides the perfect solution to replace product photography of consumer goods, jewellery and cars. Continue reading

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Digital-Tutors Adds HDR Light Studio 2.0 Training to Achieve Photo-real Results

Digital Tutors HDR Light Studio 2.0 training

Since 2000, Digital-Tutors has been dedicated to providing the world’s largest online learning resource for digital artists involved in the computer graphics industry. With the release of ‘New Features in HDR Light Studio 2.0,’ the award-winning video-based company and first training provider for Lightmap Ltd introduce the third title in a collection of educational courses for the software independent package HDR Light Studio, an interactive tool for designing image based lighting environments for 3D models.

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