Lightmap got the chance to speak to Milan-based 3D generalist, Matteo Rossi, who specialises in product and architectural visualisations, about his Omega Speedmaster watch project, lit using HDR Light Studio.
Lightmap recently visited the Wonder Vision studios in Henley-on-Thames to interview co-founders, Joe Thomas and James Elderton about the companies university origins, their passion for detail, and how HDR Light Studio has made their lighting workflow more efficient.
After spending a short afternoon with Joe and James of Wonder Vision, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of admiration for their artistic passion and innate sense of confidence – it wasn’t a case of ‘if’ they were to be successful all those years ago, but when.
Joe and James met as fresh-faced students studying Product Design at Loughborough University; both ambitious to do more than graduate and work at an agency creating someone else’s vision – they wanted to create their own. Whilst on placement during their third year, Joe and James envisioned a plan to launch their own CGI production studio offering high-end photoreal services. Their ambitious seeds were officially sown in 2010 and Wonder Vision was born.
My latest project here at Lightmap involved learning how to create realistic knitted material in order to develop a teddy bear. Developing hair on a model is a technique I most recently learnt when working on my Christmas Project, however, the challenge of this particular project involved learning how to create a realistic wool that would wrap-around my model correctly.
HDR Light Studio provides plug-in Connections to a wide range of 3D software, including 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D and MODO.
When a new update is released for a supported 3D package, we begin to receive numerous support emails asking when our HDR Light Studio plug-in connection will be updated to support the relevant release. A hot topic from our users recently is the Cinema 4D R20 update.
We appreciate that sometimes you as a customer are frustrated that HDR Light Studio do not have a ready-made update or definitive date of release for a particular connection – we are too. Therefore, we thought it would be helpful to explain why we are unable to release updated plug-in connections as quickly as some customers would like. Continue reading
Marc Greyvenstein is a 3D Artist at The Mill in London; a studio home to world-class visual effects, cutting-edge technology and creative excellence. With over 15-years of industry experience, specialising in lighting, texturing and look development, Marc takes us through his workflow when re-creating the McLaren 570S model, lit stunningly with HDR Light Studio.
McLaren 570S model created by Rex Fu
My project at Lightmap this month was to create dirt and dust materials to be applied to a variety of wooden, metal and painted objects. The development of materials is a very challenging subject and by carrying out this project I was able to enhance my material skills further in order to produce the most realistic renders.
Sonoco-Trident is the world’s fastest growing and most innovative digital brand management business. They have been using HDR Light Studio for 2 years now.
Let’s see what Sonoco-Trident 3D artists have to say about HDR Light Studio software.
- The software allows us to very quickly create very realistic lighting set ups for our CGI scenes. It has completely changed how we build our scenes and allowed us to massively improve the quality of renders we produce.
- HDR Light Studio is very easy to use, and gives us full control of specific highlights and shadows with its full spectrum of controls, presets and settings.
- The software is perfect for creating studio style product shots, which is the bulk of what we do at Trident. It has everything you need to recreate a virtual photography studio on your desktop. Having the ability to ‘drag and drop’ a highlight means you can focus on creativity rather than technical limitations. Prefect for people who aren’t very technical, like me!
Amador Valenzuela is Founder & Creative Director of Black Book Studio. Black Book Studio is a creative studio focused on design & animation for the entertainment, advertising, and independent entrepreneur communities.
Black Book recently used HDR Light Studio for lighting the opening shots in the movie John Wick 2. We got in touch to find out more about Amador’s history in 3D, the tools he uses, and how HDR Light Studio was used for John Wick 2.
Amador, how did you get started in 3D?
I’ve always had a passion for drawing and painting, and I knew I wanted to work in a creative field when I grew up. In high school, I took scenic design classes where we built sets for plays. It taught me how to work in a team environment which I loved. 3D seemed to be a mixture of those traditional mediums taken to the next level. I figured demand for that kind of work would only grow over time, so I made a strategic decision to study “computer animation” in College.
Learn how the size of objects is represented in a HDRI environment.
Let’s take some time to understand how the size of objects is represented in a HDRI environment. The most common type of HDR image format used for lighting in CG rendering is the Equirectangular format. This rectangular image format has a ratio of 2:1 and when mapped onto a sphere it correctly represents the viewpoint looking around a full 360 degrees in all directions from a point in space. These images can be created in a number of ways, but for the purposes of this discussion, lets imagine they are being captured with a Spheron camera system.
HDR Light Studio™ is a dedicated tool for creating lighting. It connects to your 3D software providing a fast and easy way to light your 3D images. Real-time and interactive – simply ‘drag and drop’ lights onto your 3D model.
Lighting designs can easily and quickly be adjusted within this resolution independent tool. HDRI maps can be output as fast low-res previews through to high quality production output- in either .HDR or .EXR file formats.