Lightmap Ltd are exhibiting in the Market Place at FMX 2017 – May 2nd to 5th in Stuttgart, Germany. Come find our booth and get hands on with the latest release of HDR Light Studio. We will be delighted to see you! For more information about FMX 2017 visit: www.fmx.de
We are delighted that fxguide has written their first article about HDR Light Studio. John Montgomery interviewed Andy Rowan-Robinson, from Framestore, about their use of HDR Light Studio for lighting CGI content in commercials. The article also covers the new features found in version 5.4. Read the full article here.
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 delighted that HDR Light Studio is now officially listed in the ‘Tools Used‘ at the Behance portfolio web site. Now our users can officially add HDR Light Studio as a Tool Used when showing their work.
We would be very grateful if our users could make sure HDR Light Studio is listed as a Tool Used on Behance for their projects lit using HDR Light Studio.
We know that many customers have tried their best in the past to give us credit. But there have been quite a variety of spellings of our product name – We have seen: hdrlightstudio, HDR Lightmap, HDRI Studio and HDRI Light Studio to name a few. Now we have the official listing, this should avoid those spelling problems.
Already there is a huge body of work you can see on Behance lit with HDR Light Studio:
We would love to see your work there too!
We have just got back from the FMX 2016 event and we had a great time. The event was very popular with students and we managed to chat with many HDR Light Studio educational users.
Mieszko Lacinski studying Computer Animation at University of South Wales dropped by the booth and showed us one of his recent projects. We thought it was great and well worth sharing on our blog.
Here is the final Project:
We were delighted to receive these images from HDR Light Studio users CircleMedia.
Produced using 3ds Max / V-Ray / HDR Light Studio 5.
Agency: Blue Hive, London
Creative Director: Bryn Attewell
Art Director: Mark Dickens
HDR Light Studio was used to add specific highlights to the vehicles.
Ars Thanea is an Advertising Agency and Creative Production Studio based in Warsaw, Poland. They constantly deliver award-winning works for international and local brands, with a reputation for a bold approach with a huge love of polishing every detail. The company emphasise that every success they earn, they owe to the most professional people on board and the highest quality tools used on a daily basis.
Ars Thanea have been HDR Light Studio users since version 1.5. We caught up with them recently to find out how HDR Light Studio 5 was helping their lighting workflow.
“HDR Light Studio is definitely great software. The most important thing while using it is the huge improvement on efficiency for the whole Ars Thanea team. We can speed up production processes still keeping the highest standards of quality in our projects, which is priority number one for us.”
Marcin Molski – Business Unit Director
Peter Nowacki, 3D Artist, Ars Thanea – www.pnowacki.com
“HDR Light Studio is a perfect tool for product renders. I like it both with lighting up various materials, my favourite one is metal, and for creating the light for the main scene. While working on one of the recent projects, HBO Oscar Night, I used HDR Light Studio to get rid the reflection from the statue edges and to create the overall scene mood. I love this possibility of adding all the little lights – it allows me to present every single detail and show the product in a full glory. I also do appreciate that the software works very fast and has a enormous impact on my workflow.”
Anna Mierzejewska, 3D Artist, Ars Thanea – www.anagraphics.pl
“I like to use HDR Light Studio in projects that combine a photo shoot with 3D CGI. It’s so great that I am able to recreate and match the whole lighting set up so easily with HDR Light Studio. Most of all I love that, despite the simplicity of user interface, there is a huge variety of individual, realistic lighting. One of my favourite features is the Light Paint option, which lets you add highlights easily, right where you want them to be.”
Pawel Szklarski, 3D Artist, Ars Thanea – www.pawelszklarski.pl
“I have worked in the CGI industry over 10 years. I may say now, that over that time the automotive field became my hobby horse, which you can clearly see through my portfolio. They know this very well in Ars Thanea, and I’m consequently assigned to such projects. I’m responsible for lighting, shading and the rendering stages, so HDR Light Studio is like my second hand. The software is just irreplaceable in lighting-up the models in the scene, but I also use it to create the HDRI reflection maps of every part of the vehicle model – such as body, wheels, headlights, etc. Then I put the main HDRI maps to the “reflection” feature in the Light Dome, which makes combining the extra reflections much easier in the compositing process.”
Many thanks to the whole team at Ars Thanea for being awesome HDR Light Studio users, producing amazing work and spending time working with us on this feature. To see more amazing imagery from Ars Thanea – visit their web site at: www.arsthanea.com
In few minutes, HDR Light Studio can make a real difference to the final image. See how Spellwork Pictures enhanced this shot using HDR Light Studio, to add more lighting to enhance the appearance of the car. A polished final result, rendered in V-Ray for 3ds Max.
Thanks to spellwork.de and moofe.com
We had a chat with Oddur, one of our student users of HDR Light Studio, who had been sending us some amazing images created using HDR Light Studio Educational Edition….
Hi Oddur, where are you studying and what course are you on?
I’m currently in the Professional Photography program at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California. The school offers a full time 3-year BFA program that teaches you all aspects of commercial photography. For a few years now, CGI has been offered as an elective course.
Hi Jeremy, could you tell me in a few sentences what ‘Dekode’ does and who you do it for?
We’re a UK based award winning industrial design consultancy working in sectors ranging from consumer electronics, medical and scientific through to transport. We enjoy a central role in the design strategy and brand expression made by some of the world’s leading manufacturing companies. Our experience ranges from digital cameras for Philips and audio products for Grundig to aircraft interior work for Virgin Atlantic. We are proud to have won both Red Dot and IF design awards for the last four years running for our work with audio brand Revo (www.revo.co.uk).