HDR Light Studio News
November 20th, 2012
Mark Segasby, Lightmap Co-Founder, will be demonstrating HDR Light Studio in a Novedge Webinar.
Fast Perfect Lighting with HDR Light Studio 4
Live! Wednesday, November 21, 2012 — 11:00am PDT
Update Nov 22nd 2012: Watch the recorded webinar right here, learn all the basics of lighting in HDR Light Studio 4 with KeyShot, Maxwell Studio and Maya.
November 16th, 2012
Maxwell Studio + HDR Light Studio 4 Live are now compatible on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux platforms
The latest Maxwell Studio 2.7.20 installers for Max and Linux support HDR Light Studio 4. No special plug-in is required, simply installed Maxwell Studio and HDR Light Studio 4 (Full or Demo) on the same machine and Maxwell Studio will see the HDR Light Studio 4 installation and can launch it in Live mode for interactive image based lighting in Maxwell Studio using the FIRE preview.
Big thanks to the Next Limit team for their excellent partnership and support with this integration. We are delighted that Mac and Linux users can now take advantage of this compatibility.
September 24th, 2012
Lightmap’s HDR Light Studio 4 Delivers Unparalleled Lighting Control For All 3D Artists
London, UK, 24 September, 2012: Lightmap launches HDR Light Studio 4 for Windows with OS X and Linux releases available for the first time bringing the creation and control of image based lighting within the reach of all 3D artists. LightPaint, LightCam, FilmBack and SunShade technologies combined with Python scripting give stunning new routes to peerless lighting and visual perfection.
“HDR Light Studio 4 offers a unique lighting approach that benefits all 3D and visualization artists” said Mark Segasby, CEO of Lightmap “This major new release brings this technology to all 3D professionals and students with competitive new pricing and licensing options. Our single edition contains all the features and connectivity, including Live plug-ins, to make HDR Light Studio 4 part of your 3D workflow today on any platform.” He continued “Our latest release introduces a vast array of new features, led by LightPaint, providing the greatest creative lighting control possible for our customers.”
“LightPaint has revolutionized our lighting workflow. No more trial and error and waiting for re-renders, just instant visual feedback as you move lights around. LightPaint takes the guesswork out of placing light…” said Tom Painter, Bigman
“HDR Light Studio 4 became my default lighting solution after about 15 minutes of playing with the Beta… I love placing lights by ‘touching’ the model, it’s so intuitive and a huge time saver.” said Jim Cascarina, MGV Read more
April 13th, 2012
We are really looking forward to attending this years FMX2012 event in Stuttgart, Germany – from May 8th to 11th. It will be a great opportunity to meet with our users and 3D artists who are interested in image based lighting rig creation with HDR Light Studio. It’s perfect timing too, as visitors to our stand will be able to try for themselves the brand new ‘LightPaint’ feature in HDR Light Studio 3.5 – which will be available on Mac and Linux platforms too for the first time in our history.
For more details on FMX2012 please visit the web site: www.fmx.de
If you want to come and see Lightmap Ltd at our stand at the event, but don’t want to pay to get in, then the Friday Open Market is a great option. The Friday Open Market takes place on May 11, 2012. To obtain a ticket, the special registration form (download the PDF form from us here) needs to be filled in and signed. It provides free entrance to the School Campus and Marketplace at FMX 2012 on that date only. It provides no entrance on any other date or to any other offerings taking place at FMX 2012.
We hope to see you there!
(P.S. Thanks to ArsThanea for the cool 3D model seen above in LiveLight on the Mac! Model created by Daniel Komuda and Adam Nakonieczny for Ars Thanea)
March 22nd, 2012
An amazing new set of features is coming to the next update of HDR Light Studio, version 3.5. We call it LightPaint. New tools to allow the user to place and select lights directly on the 3D rendered view. Objects can be lit with lightning speed and a level of precision simply not possible before – it’s a fun and fast way to light a scene. Of course at all times everything it totally adjustable, that’s the great thing about HDR Light Studio… it’s non-destructive and resolution independent. At all times the user is not painting pixels, rather designing a complex lighting rig built in a system designed for that sole purpose. So lighting colors, size, and brightness can all be adjust easily on the fly with instant feedback on the 3D model.
But it doesn’t stop there… remember HDR Light Studio is a powerful system for adjusting existing HDRI maps. So you can place adjustments to exposure, color and saturation just as easily – with fine control over the fall-off of the effect. So if a part of the model looks a little dark, click on that area to make it brighter, cool! It’s so simple, even your granny can use it, or your 5 year old! But the quality of results is simply outstanding – perfect illumination and reflections. Once you have used LivePaint, there’s no going back and it’s coming to Windows, Mac and Linux real soon! HDR Light Studio 3.5 is a free update for version 3 customers!
Here’s a quick demo!
January 1st, 2012
Lightmap launches HDR Light Studio version 3.0
HDR Light Studio v3.0 features: Collada support, new light blending modes, custom fall-off curves and faster render times
1st January 2012 – Lightmap today announced immediate availability of HDR Light Studio v3.0 – the most incredible version yet of their groundbreaking real-time lighting software. Packed with new features including; localized exposure, color and saturation tools using new light blending modes, custom fall-off curves, a new color system for lighting artists and Collada support. Read more
November 24th, 2011
First of all… big thanks to everyone who entered. It was great to see what our customers have been up to with HDR Light Studio.
It wasn’t easy to choose the winners from the wide range of entries and subject matter we received. The top 3 represents the selections of all the judges… but we were by no means all in agreement – this was tough… many images were really great and it is a very subjective task. This competition was all about the lighting and how the image based lighting had contributed to the final render. The top 3 images clearly demonstrate how good image based lighting, even if it is simple and subtle, can bring a 3D object to life.
Onto the results… (Fanfare!) Read more
September 30th, 2011
LIGHT UP OUR WORLD!!!
Lightmap are inviting customers to submit their images into this year’s Lighting Contest. We are looking for creative and inspiring images showcasing the power of HDR Light Studio lighting. The subject matter is not important… it can be a car or a bumble bee, a studio shot or within an environment. We are looking for images that ooze the quality required for high end advertising imagery. It doesn’t need to be new work made for this competition; past projects can be submitted… as long as HDR Light Studio has played a major role in the lighting of the final image. Read more
September 29th, 2011
There’s a nice feature on Jeff Patton and his work using 3DS Max with iRay on the NVidia web site. Check it out here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/mercedes-benz.html
It does however fail to mention that Jeff has been a long time user of HDR Light Studio in his work, and in fact it’s a key component in achieving his superb results. Nearly all Jeff’s renders now utilize HDR Light Studio – in most cases representing all of the lighting for the scene. Jeff is able to take background photographs and build convincing HDR environments using HDR Light Studio to work on top of existing HDR environments from other locations and craft them using additional lighting and effects – so you’d never guess no HDR was shot on the background location.
The results are great car renders that bring out the best in the vehicle whilst bedding the car into the background. Certainly iRay and HDR Light Studio has proven to be an ideal partnership here.
August 23rd, 2011
HDR Light Studio Live plug-in for KeyShot released!
LONDON – 1st September, 2011
Lightmap Ltd is proud to announce the launch of the HDR Light Studio Live plug-in for Luxion KeyShot. HDR Light Studio brings a professional real-time HDRI lighting tool-kit directly into KeyShot to allow users to vastly improve the quality of their renders with custom lighting designs for each shot that brings out the best in the subject. With its simple yet powerful interface, 3D artists, designers and engineers of all levels can quickly transform their shots into works of art to help sell their new ideas. Existing HDR environments can be augmented to improve the quality of their renders with more control over the lighting and reflections. Read more
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- Guillaume Gaillard – Citroën DS3
- Holomatix SprayTrace 1.5.20 adds support for LightPaint
- RenderMan – Physically Plausible Tutorial
- Bringing Microsoft Surface to Life
- DEVELOP3D Review
- Studio lighting approaches with image based lighting
- HDR Light Studio at RTT Excite 2013
- Lightmap Opens New UK Head Office
- DEVELOP3D LIVE 2013
- HDR Light Studio 4 Live Connection Arrives for RTT DeltaGen
- HDR Light Studio Live arrives for 3ds Max
- HDR Light Studio support comes to Autodesk Showcase Professional 2013
- Paint the Light in VRED
- Shot Breakdown – Couch Potato Alien!
- HDR Light Studio comes highly recommended