MODO 11 Compatible

MODO 11 Support

Lightmap announces the immediate availability of the HDR Light Studio Connection for MODO 11. Compatible with MODO, Octane and V-Ray renderers.

Please Note: LightPaint in the MODO viewport in MODO version 11.1 does not work.
We are working with Foundry to find a fix for this issue. LightPaint works fine in MODO 11.0 viewport.

Ars Thanea – Customer Feature Video

Ars Thanea is an award-winning CGI Studio and home to very talented creatives, thinkers and makers who blend mixtures of ideas and craft around extremely engaging stories to deliver stunning, effective results for their clients.

Ars Thanea loosely translates from Greek as ‘the art of imagination’ and when we visited their Warsaw studio it quickly became apparent that they live up to their name.

The predominantly glass building is papered with drawings penned by their artists.  The space is broken up creatively by wood, rope and other structural features that retain a feeling of openness.  A variety of interesting lighting rigs add to the ambiance of the different areas and there’s even a bed if the day becomes a bit much and you feel like a nap.

We were there to understand the role that HDR Light Studio plays in the creation of their beautiful work and spent time getting under the hood on some recent projects.  You can see the results in our video below.

A massive thanks to our amazing hosts at Ars Thanea for being so welcoming.

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Left to right: Marcin Molski (Ars Thanea), Mark Segasby (Lightmap), Lucy Cooper (Lightmap), Aleksandra Watras (Ars Thanea)

Cinema 4D Artist: Markus von Luecken – bildbotschaft

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Founded in 2008, bildbotschaft is a German CGI and retouching studio specialising in the creation of high quality, beautiful images. bildbotschaft collaborates with leading creatives and agencies to achieve the most creative outcomes possible.

Called out as one of the world’s top 200 digital artists by the Luerzer’s Archive, Founder and owner Markus von Luecken is a renowned digital artist whose work has been featured in numerous magazines and books about photography and digital art globally including ‘Graphis ‚100 Best in Photography‘ and One Eyeland ‘Best of the Best Photographers’.

Markus loves digital art and enjoys working with emerging and established talents from the creative industry.  His work is based on the quintessence of photography: painting with light.

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CGIc 2017 – International CGI Congress & Fair

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Lightmap Ltd are exhibiting at CGIc 2017 – International CGI Congress & Fair – June 1st and 2nd in Hamburg, Germany. Come find our booth and get hands on with the latest release of HDR Light Studio. We will be delighted to see you!

Save 15% on tickets for this event by using this discount voucher: lightmap-future@cgic-2017-8998

For more information about CGIc 2017 visit: www.icgiw.com

FMX 2017

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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

MODO Artist: Kaoru Toyoguchi – JVCKENWOOD

Kaoru Toyoguchi is a Designer at the JVCKENWOOD Design Corporation in Japan, where he produces beautiful still images and animated visualizations of their products for packaging, catalogues and online. We caught up with Kaoru, who uses HDR Light Studio on 100% of his images, to find out why.

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Delicious Computer Generated Imagery

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Luminous Creative Imaging have produced a really gorgeous personal project: Caramel Loves Chocolate.

It’s about fluid dynamics, color, taste, and chocolate and caramel in a loving embrace. Everything was created in 3D and sculpted in Mudbox. Lighting was done in HDR Light Studio 5 and rendered with Maya/Mental Ray.

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The Complete Shot

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Sculpting in Mudbox

Lighting in HDR Light Studio 5

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The HDR Light Studio Tea Pot – For Real!

Earlier this year my friend Mark, from Goodman Precision Engineering, offered to machine the HDR Light Studio tea pot out of a solid block of aluminum. The tea pot is the default model loaded in the HDR Light Studio. It is essentially a sphere with the bottom chopped off, making it an ideal shape to see the whole HDRI map in the reflection. It’s become a bit of an icon for us.

After a few weeks from sending the CAD file over, we got an exciting package in the post. The end result is amazing. It’s so weird to see something you have been looking at almost every day for the last 7 years, on your computer screen, now in front of you on your desk, for real! The team did an amazing job! The tea pot now takes pride of place in our meeting room. Thanks so much Mark!!! Here are images/videos of the process and the final result.


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fxguide article

FX Guide

We are delighted that fxguide has written their first article about HDR Light Studio. John Montgomery interviewed Andy Rowan-Robinson, from Framestore, about theiruse 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.