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 find out why.
© JVCKENWOOD DESIGN Corporation
Friday 1st July 2016 – Today, Lightmap announces the immediate availability of HDR Light Studio version 5.3.4. This new release adds ‘Area Lights’ to the MODO plug-in Connection, allowing users to interactively create and control both a HDRI Map and set of Area Lights with the same ‘artist friendly’ ease of use. The Area Light feature is compatible with: MODO Renderer, Octane and V-Ray. This update also adds compatibility with MODO version 10. Continue reading
We are pleased to announce that the MODO 901 Connection has been released and added to our downloads page. Customers can now use HDR Light Studio 5.1 in a connection with MODO 901. For more details about the MODO connection please visit our web page for this plug-in.
In addition to this, the MODO Connections for 701 and 801 have also been updated to provide significant performance improvements with live updates. Please update to HDR Light Studio 5.1 in order to use these new connections.
The Octane Render for MODO beta has now begun.
I took Octane for a spin in MODO and was delighted to discover that HDR Light Studio worked out of the box because Octane can use the MODO environment for its environment lighting too! Yay! I was able to use LightPaint in the MODO viewport to place lights and see the lighting update in an instant in Octane. I have a pretty decent consumer grade graphics card (GTX780) and it was soooo fast!! I was able to take my existing watch demo scene setup for the MODO renderer, and add the Octane materials all within half an hour…. without reading the manual too. So the integration is very intuitive and easy to use, and I found myself really having some fun using it. The quality of the image I was creating was really great and depth of field noise resolved really fast. I’m looking forward to having another play, maybe with a car model next time.
The beauty of HDR Light Studio is that your lighting will work with any renderer as it’s all coming from a HDRI map – it’s the only truly portable lighting format. As new renderers come to MODO we look forward to supporting them too!
Do check out Octane for MODO at the Otoy website: http://render.otoy.com/shop/modo_plugin.php
We have just released an in depth ‘product shot’ lighting tutorial for ‘HDR Light Studio for MODO’ by Mark Segasby, co-inventor of HDR Light Studio software.
See how easily you can light your product shots using HDR Light Studio in MODO rather than traditional 3D lights and bounce cards. This demo is over 30 minutes long and does go into a lot of detail about the lighting process and techniques possible using HDR Light Studio.
As the HDR Light Studio interface is the same whichever partner software it is used with, this tutorial is useful for any HDR Light Studio user, whichever 3D software they use. Happy Lighting!
We also produced a tutorial for lighting animated product shots also, where additional considerations need to be made about the lighting over time.
Here’s a few shots lit with that technique:
Martin Oberg Is a MODO Artist and Photographer from Sweden. He specializes in automotive imagery and product visualization. We caught up with Martin to ask him about his history in 3D art and his tools and workflow. Continue reading
HDR Light Studio is first and foremost a lighting tool, the HDRI map is simply the carriers of your lighting intent. HDR Light Studio let’s 3D artists express their lighting vision with unparalleled ease and speed within MODO. Our users light their shots faster and achieve sophisticated lighting and reflections without worrying about managing an array of complex settings.
The new HDR Light Studio for MODO integration is helping both beginners and the most advanced users to create better lit imagery. Let’s hear what some of our MODO users are saying about HDR Light Studio… Continue reading
Martin Öberg will be presenting his workflow with HDR Light Studio and MODO at the Sweden Modo User Group (SMUG) meeting on 1st November, 2013 in Gothenburg. Martin has lit some gorgeous car imagery using HDR Light Studio with many MODO users showing a great deal of interest in understanding his lighting approach. So this is a great opportunity to see how it was done!
Here is the thread about the SMUG event on the MODO forum: http://community.thefoundry.co.uk/discussion/topic.aspx?f=129&t=80993
Lightmap are pleased to announce we have been working closely with Luxology to bring MODO 701 users a new dedicated HDR light Studio product. HDR Light Studio 4 for MODO includes the HDR Light Studio 4 main app and a Live Connection Kit to MODO 701 (Requires SP2 and above). It supports LightPaint ‘point and click’ lighting in the MODO viewport providing users will a fast and precise new way to light their shots with ease.
HDR Light Studio 4 for MODO is available now at the Lightmap online store and costs just £195. Even better, for the first 2 weeks we are running introductory pricing of just £169 (from July 23rd to Midnight GMT August 6th).
You can find our more at our MODO web page
Try HDR Light Studio in a live connection with MODO now by downloading our DEMO EDITION
The new MODO Live connection kit will also be included in the main ‘HDR Light Studio – Complete’ product, and is a free update for existing HDR Light Studio 4 customers. HDR Light Studio 4 for MODO is a single user license – for 1 user on 2 computers.