These past few days I have been working on fixing up the scene set up and creating the render layers. The scene set up and most of the render layers have come together quite nicely but some layers such as the shadow and reflection layers are still having issues.
These past few days I have been working on updating the camera for this new project. The most important thing I needed to address in the updating of the model was the improving of the rig for its use in the later animation. I re-rigged and weight painted the the model as well as added control objects for the rig.
I thought this Showreel was effectively put together for many reasons, it does however have some areas that could be improved.
-Strong variety of work throughout
-Title of film, company employed by and effects worked on
-Seemingly unnecessary editing effects (the fades to black at the beginning, Tv cut out effect)
-Distracting sound effects
-Music is a bit distracting
-Footage is all different resolutions causing a lot of movement of black bars
-Playblasts of effects probably better shown in a rendered form.
A HDR image is a High Dynamic Range image created through the combination of photos taken at a range of high and low exposures. This allows more flexibility when it comes to adjusting the exposure of the image.
A standard image is limited in its ability when it comes to adjusting the exposure and similar attributes. Details within the image that are either solid white or solid black will only be that despite any changes in exposure. Unlike the human eye or a camera additional detail hidden in the dark can not be brought out by adjusting the exposure.
By taking photos at varying exposures and combining the images, we are able to achieve a photo which is capable of having its exposure freely adjusted. This means that when lowering or raising its exposure in software such as Maya or Photoshop areas that appear solid black or solid white at certain exposures will have more detail brought out when exposure is changed rather then them remaining solid.
HDR images are effective in 3D mediums because of this ability to adjust exposures. It allows for more realistic lighting of a scene and for the scenes lighting to be adjusted without losing the detail of the information being used to light it.