***this is a glimpse of a work in progress***

render IRL

i came up with a fun personal project to meld a little bit of pre-rendered imagery with my photography. i'll be using the insta360 camera to capture environment lighting while taking the source photos with my canon 5K Mkiii  for the backing plates. modeled in maya, textured in substance, and rendered in arnold…the resulting images will be colorful & playful. (with physically correct lighting!) :) 

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Problem

how do i seamlessly blend my photography workflow with a pre-rendered image?

Metaphor

molecular gastronomy. breaking something down into its essential parts and rebuilding. with this project I want to let the unexpected happen. photography is never perfect. by breaking an image down into its essential parts and welcoming unexpected anomalies, I hope to create extremely believable concept product renders.

Inspiration

Pipeline

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3D Model

below you’ll find the model that I created in maya and rendered in arnold. I used the teenage engineering op-1 as subject matter. the rendered images below are not at all final quality and were only meant to be used as quick test renders.

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3D Print

I fabricated a life sized (to scale) 3D print of my model. this was used during photoshoots to create a realistic backing plate. the final render would be composited in later.

Photography

below are some of the initial background plates that were shot.

Light Environment Capture

the insta 360 was used to capture hdr lighting environments at all photoshoot locations. these captures would then be used to light the 3d model with accurate lighting.

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Render with captured light environment

below are test renders of a cube, made with the captured light environment above

the images below are snippets of some of the environment lighting captured at a beach and backyard garden.

composited image of render with photo

if i had finished this project, the images below would be beautifully rendered images of my op-1 with physically correct lighting…composited into whimsical lifestyle scenes. color would be vibrant and artistic anomalies would abound without taking away from what’s truly important…a perfect product render. :)