“I have been using HDR Light Studio for about 5 years now and it’s my constant companion. I have produced 200+ images and animations lit only with custom HDRI maps”
Brendan McCaffrey is a 3D artist and long time user of HDR Light Studio. We had a chat with him to find out more about his background, 3D tools/workflow and more. Of course this is a great opportunity to showcase his amazing imagery too! 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 MODO connection 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.
Hi David (Magnum1976), looking at your web site, you work on a wide range of creative visual projects in both 2D and 3D. How did your career start, in 2D or 3D?
I am self-taught since I was a kid. I did not go to art or design school, but in 1999, I was able to join a communication agency thanks to my graphic skills on Photoshop, Xpress and Indesign. But after 6 years in 2D, I wanted to learn 3D and went on a 3 month training course to get started. I continued to train myself after this with tutorials on 3ds Max.
How did you come to choose MODO as your main 3D software?
During my 3ds Max training, I read a 3D magazine where there was an article about Modo 202, showing the ability to paint directly on the 3D model. I wanted to know more, so I put 3ds Max aside for Modo. The early days in Modo were difficult I must admit it, but once tamed, I have never left it.
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!
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.
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 →
MODO users love how HDR Light Studio has made their work easy, simple and creative.
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!
We couldn’t wait to give you a sneak peek of some cool stuff we have been assisting develop.
Jacobo Barreiro has been working on a project called MOMA (Jacobo is both an amazing 3D artist and is highly technical too, he is too talented/clever and it’s just not fair!). The MOMA code creates a connection to the MODO renderer for either MARI or MAYA. For this article we are concentrating on the MARI connection and some HDR Light Studio goodness that’s been added in there too. Continue reading →
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).
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.