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Product Name: Fairy Scale IBL - Flower Fairy HDRI Environments
Product ID: 35047
Published Artist(s): Denki Gaka
Created By: N/A
Release Date: 2016-10-28

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One of the great features of the Iray is the ability to add realism to your renders by using Image Based Lighting (IBL). In many cases, using one of these High Dynamic Range Image (HDRI) environments provides all the scenery you need for great renders of your favorite characters. The only drawback is that the environment is projected from the original camera’s position, no matter how you move your camera in the scene. That means that means that most IBL products are great for portraying a human-sized character in a human-sized world, but they leave all our fairy-sized favorites with nowhere to pose. Introducing Fairy Scale IBL! Thanks to miniaturization and dual lens technology, it is now possible to capture all the magic and wonder that waits a little closer to the ground. Now we can capture High Dynamic Range Images up in trees, under bushes, deep in the grass, or hidden under a rock. This entire line of products is shot with an actual camera height between 11 cm and 43 cm, with most of them taken at 19 cm above the ground. You can now pose your fairies and creatures in their natural habitat, not just flying high above the ground in front of some distant trees or bushes.

We are thrilled to present Fairy Scale IBL – Flower Fairy HDRI Environments! This unique collection features twelve beautiful 14 Megapixel environments for your Iray renders. Each environment was composed from five individual shots taken with a dynamic range of 5 f-stops of exposure, so you can push and pull the exposure as much as you please. They look good without using depth of field in your camera settings, but turn on a little depth of field to separate your subject a bit from the pleasantly blurred background and they look amazing. Each environment comes complete with an add-on scene subset that includes a camera centered at the proper height of the original camera, a “sun light” directional key light that is properly aligned with the environment and balanced with the IBL default settings, and an environment visualizer sphere that is mapped with a 3Delight texture that by default will not render with your Iray renders. That means you can easily pose and position everything using the “textured” Open GL setting and then render with full Iray quality even if your machine isn’t equipped with high end video cards with thousands of CUDA cores.

Due to the dual fisheye lens technology, some images have minor blurring near the image seams. Most people never notice it, and it is nearly undetectable when using even minor DOF effects, but I believe in full disclosure. Furthermore, occasionally the brightest areas may have slight chromatic aberration due to the nature of fisheye lenses, or a leaf may have shifted a tiny bit between frames, leaving very minor ghosting. And while the images are 5376 x 2688 (14 Megapixel) that is a bit smaller than some of the HDRI sets that are available here at Daz. However, these images are shot near to the subject, so you are often getting more actual pixels from the environment in your render than if you were zooming in in a distant feature in a higher resolution environment. So if you are looking for the absolute highest resolution HDRI environments, this product isn’t for you. If you are looking for environments that look amazing when rendered and provide a unique perspective at a great price, then you will love all of the Fairy Scale IBL products. Ultimately, you should look at our detailed promo shots and decide for yourself. Enjoy!

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Fairy Scale IBL - Flower Fairy HDRI Environments (Core)

  • You can find new icons for loading this product in the following Daz Studio Folders:
    • “Light Presets:Denki Gaka:Fairy Scale IBL”
  • You can find new icons for this product in the following Daz Studio Categories:
    • “Cameras”
    • “Render-Settings:Iray”

Additional Details

  • It is typically best to use these environments with Depth of Field turned on. Since the default settings use the infinite sphere, it doesn’t usually require any adjustments to your model scale. Just pose and go. However, if you are wanting to use shadowing with the ground plane, you may encounter a few idiosyncrasies. Due to the limitations of the depth of field settings, it is typically not advisable to scale you models to actual fairy proportions of about 10% and try to place them at the proper distance they would be from the camera. Doing so will turn the depth of field inside out and may even cause a plain gray render. Instead you can increase the camera height to 10X higher and use your normal model scale and distances. This is simply treating the surround image as though everything was ten times bigger.
  • A note on lighting: The sunlight that is included in the helper has already been pre-aligned with the actual sunlight in the scene. If your character is darker than you want with default settings, you may do one of these methods. The easiest is simply to adjust the tone mapping exposure value to achieve your desired results; however, due to the wide dynamic range this may result in the background becoming overly bright. Another option is to adjust the environment intensity in the render settings under the environment tab. A third choice is to increase the light intensity of the included “sun light” directional key light. The final suggestion, and my preferred method is to simply render the main scene at the proper exposure and then render the foreground elements with the dome turned off and a lower exposure value in the tone mapping settings and then just overlay it on top when I composite the final image in Photoshop. That allows me to use it with transparency to control how much effect is applied.
  • One final note about Depth of Field, the main image for each of my Fairy Scale IBL products is composed from a collection of multiple renders with varied Depth of Field settings, which allows me to create very realistic Depth of Field that isn’t possible in a single IBL render. If you would like to learn more about these techniques, I will be releasing a tutorial about it soon. I will also be releasing one about how you can make your own environments using any 360d x 180d camera.

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