Lighting Software for Jewellery Rendering

“HDR Light Studio significantly enhanced the quality of my rendered images.” Cary James, Tiffany

Rings, bracelets and jewels are so shiny and reflective; they can be notoriously difficult to light when making computer generated images to replace photography. HDR Light Studio makes it easy to fully control and place reflections exactly where you want them in an instant. Say goodbye to jewelry renders that look like CAD models; your customers will think it’s a photograph when lit with HDR Light Studio.

Cary James - Rings

Cary James – Rings

Jewelry is such a precious and luxurious product – it’s carefully considered surfaces must ooze desirability and glamour; gemstones must come alive by perfectly catching the light. The lighting must be right!

Jewelry is by nature all about reflections and refractions. When photographing jewelry, most of what you see is the reflected surroundings. The key is to control the surroundings that are reflecting in the piece. Take control of the environment and you take control of the appearance of the jewelry. Perfect lighting and reflections are as unique as the piece itself. Each composition requires its own lighting. Move the camera and you move all the reflections.

Diamond Ring by Frank Uhren & Schmuck

Diamond Ring by Frank Uhren & Schmuck

Professional jewelry photographers first decide the shot composition before beginning the lighting process. Once the shot is locked off, they can begin to look through the camera view and start to build a lighting rig one light at a time. Each light does a specific job and is there for a particular effect seen in the subject. Real jewelry lighting rigs can be very time consuming for photographers to build. Gravity means the bounce cards, or stretched fabrics, and light sources etc., need to be held in the right positions with clamps and tape. The right positions are found by trial and error. For 3D artists wanting to gain control of the lighting and get professional results like a professional photographer, there is a simple solution to your problem. Unrestricted by gravity, and the trial and error approach.

Rings - SolidWorks Visualize

Rings – SolidWorks Visualize

HDR Light Studio enables 3D artists to create custom lighting environments for jewelry by designing them in real-time, choosing from a wide range of studio lights and effects needed, all at your fingertips. Lights are uniquely placed directly in the final shot, directly onto the surfaces on the scene, we call this LightPaint. LightPaint enables fast and precise placement of lights on jewelry designs. Professional photographers wish their life were this easy! The results HDR Light Studio creates satisfy the most demanding eye. Add HDR Light Studio to your jewelry rendering solution to take back control of the lighting.

Check out our gallery to view more jewellery images lit with HDR Light Studio.

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About Swayam Prabha

As Digital Marketing Intern, Swayam is managing the website and social media platform for Lightmap. She is inviting customers to share their stories in form of content and images on how they use HDR Light Studio to light their shots. When she isn’t dealing with digital marketing, she would be talking about her country - India, cultural traditions and travelling.