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What are the main challenges you face in your role and how do you overcome them?
Creating multiple colour variations of a product presents significant challenges. You might think that if the object is the same shape the lighting setup remains the same and you simply change the material colour, but it’s lot more complex than this. In most cases, I change the lighting significantly to achieve my goal – even going from black to white designs.
HDR Light Studio allows me to easily reconstruct the lighting. Using HDR Light Studio in combination with the real-time preview of MODO, enables me to work truly effectively. Lighting is the most critical component of achieving an attractive, realistic product image and HDR Light Studio is an essential tool in helping me do this creatively and efficiently.
Usually when lighting with MODO (area lights etc), as the number of lights increases so does the rendering time. In order to make it as efficient as possible, I used to render multiple light sets and then composite them at the last stage.
IBL based rendering in HDR Light Studio shortens rendering time. In addition, increasing the number of lights has little impact so you can be totally happy with your lighting and achieve the highest quality of CG imagery.
What advice would you give to someone looking to start a career in your field?
Remember there must be multiple approaches in order to derive one result. Challenge and push all avenues available to your design process for as long as deadlines allow. This will grow your knowledge and arm you well for anything you encounter in the future.
What are your 3 top tips for achieving great lighting?
- Take photos with actual lights.
- Observe professionals shooting in a real photo studio.
- Try various ways of lighting without being biased.