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lightscape
05-18-2015, 10:37 PM
http://community.thefoundry.co.uk/discussion/topic.aspx?f=4&t=108564&page=0

Seeing that HDR Lightstudio just went from reasonably priced plugin to insane version 5 product, would be good to find alternatives.
I think with vpr in lightwave an hdr light painting tool would be possible. Click in the vpr viewport and it instantly adds reflection and lighting in that part. This could be a huge feature for lightwave.

madno
05-18-2015, 11:20 PM
Yes please.
The price increase with version 5 is really insane. If I want to upgrade my version 4 to version 5 and like to run it on two PCs (home and notebook) I now should pay more than for a full new license of LW. Again thats for an update from 4 to 5 (and that includes the 30% discount I would get as an existing user - and this discount is only for a limited time; so if I miss that time slot, I have to pay even more for a full new V5 license). The original price of a new HDR Lightstudio version 4 was below 400 GBP (including the right to install it on two PCs).
But I understand that they ask for more money. For professionals using it daily it might still be a no brainer according to how powerfull it is. And as far as I know, there is absolutely no competition. They have a unique selling point.

raw-m
05-19-2015, 12:48 AM
OD Toolset. A very handy suite of plugins, Environment Image Tracer doesn't have the bellls and whistles but if you only do it occasionally then worth looking at:
https://vimeo.com/115655125

djwaterman
05-19-2015, 03:05 AM
Never heard of these before, it's like a secret plugin.

lardbros
05-19-2015, 07:14 AM
I did a feature request for this YEARS ago when HDR Light Studio first came out, but never heard anything. :(

I personally think a built in tool with this ability would be fairly straight forward. Just needs to be able to place a textured/luminous poly shape where you click for reflections.

HDR Light Studio is an expensive plugin, but if you're doing product shots regularly, it'll pay for itself in no time.

lightscape
05-20-2015, 03:19 AM
OD Toolset. A very handy suite of plugins, Environment Image Tracer doesn't have the bellls and whistles but if you only do it occasionally then worth looking at:
https://vimeo.com/115655125

That looks very interesting. Didn't see that on the origami digital page before.

raw-m
05-20-2015, 03:28 AM
Well worth the price - the Object Placer in Layout is EXTREMELY useful!!
https://vimeo.com/114410967


(sorry, off topic!)

stiff paper
05-20-2015, 05:50 AM
This guy sells collections of HDR images of real studio lights:

http://www.alsens.net/103292/products

It won't do any of the automatic things for you that HDR Light Studio does, and it won't save you any time. You'll still be lighting everything by hand. You'll even have to make your own polys and map the HDR images onto them. But it's there if you really need some nice images for your product shot to reflect.

Disclaimer: I don't have any of these, so I can't vouch for them. They do look kind of nice, though.

Also, on the hdrlabs.com site, they have a sIBL set in the archive called the "Lightsmith Collection." They don't work with LightWave, but you can take just the HDR image itself and map it onto a flat poly, same as above. There's a fluorescent, a softbox and an umbrella image that are worth having (the others are generated, not hdr photos).

lightscape
05-20-2015, 11:33 AM
Well worth the price - the Object Placer in Layout is EXTREMELY useful!!
https://vimeo.com/114410967


(sorry, off topic!)


Hmmm.. the free python scripts are gone from origami digital. Some of those scripts are now included with OD Tool Set: Studio Tools.

eagleeyed
05-20-2015, 11:22 PM
Yes please.
The price increase with version 5 is really insane. If I want to upgrade my version 4 to version 5 and like to run it on two PCs (home and notebook) I now should pay more than for a full new license of LW. Again thats for an update from 4 to 5 (and that includes the 30% discount I would get as an existing user - and this discount is only for a limited time; so if I miss that time slot, I have to pay even more for a full new V5 license). The original price of a new HDR Lightstudio version 4 was below 400 GBP (including the right to install it on two PCs).
But I understand that they ask for more money. For professionals using it daily it might still be a no brainer according to how powerfull it is. And as far as I know, there is absolutely no competition. They have a unique selling point.

I am glad I am not the only one who scoffed at the price. I saw a update email, got all excited until I saw the price they were charging.
They have lost me as a customer, if any future versions of LW become incompatible with the plugin, will just keep 2015 installed for that part of the workflow.

lightscape
05-20-2015, 11:54 PM
Definitely will keep using the old version.
Hopefully nothing breaks with new lw versions.

djwaterman
05-21-2015, 03:21 AM
I was testing the Beta of HDRLS and I will say that I still like the old version a lot even if the latest incarnation has some added options. The older version is a bit simpler and quicker to work with because it lacks the other options, so absolutely it is still useful.

motivalex
05-21-2015, 05:42 AM
Their new pricing is ridiculous. There is already a backlash on various forums. I hope another developer brings out an alternative product at a reasonable price.

Ma3rk
07-22-2015, 04:55 PM
http://community.thefoundry.co.uk/discussion/topic.aspx?f=4&t=108564&page=0

Seeing that HDR Lightstudio just went from reasonably priced plugin to insane version 5 product, would be good to find alternatives.
I think with vpr in lightwave an hdr light painting tool would be possible. Click in the vpr viewport and it instantly adds reflection and lighting in that part. This could be a huge feature for lightwave.

I kept seeing that everyone was complaining about the price and didn't think it was all that bad, but perhaps it's that I' bought ver 4 just last year.

What yanks my chain though is that they've decided to go the way of the A-DoDo-be. Ver5 is subscription only and if you don't renew when it runs out, all stops working. No thanks. I don't need frequent updates. I just need solid & reliable when I go to use it which isn't daily.