Photo to 3D: A Photographer’s Business Tool

I’ve already posted this piece on set.a.light 3D®, a handy application that is basically a photo studio simulator with a choice of lighting setups to create and save for editing afterwards, a bit earlier. You always want to have some first-hand experience of a beautiful thing, though, so here we are, doing a field test of this magic software with the photographer Alexandra Kuzyk (aka Sahandra Sahandra).

These were our factors to consider:

First of all, we thought the software would interest photographers with no studio of their own who have to rent by the hour. Once you have the details of how big the room is going to be and what equipment comes with it, you can cut down on your studio time by one or two hours as you model your basic setting in the simulator and quickly tune it in the actual studio later on. This is not the best-case scenario for the studio owners, of course, since they make less profit when people rent and pay for fewer hours on site. On the other hand, saving one hour’s worth of rent on every shooting or even most of the day’s worth of rent when looking for the best solution is simply a must for a photographer on a tight budget.

Next, there are the saving and archiving options for the lighting setups you create. These setups can bet used and improved later on. Once a shot has been made, you can always sleep on it and then trace imperfections or see missed opportunities while editing it with a clear head. Doubt is an integral part of an artist’s work, so it’s important to have this chance to take a fresh look at a photograph in order to confirm or discard the things that bother you. If you have a lighting setup to edit, you can improve on it, perhaps add more light, or make sure everything has been done right. Then, again, you don’t need the actual photo studio for this, as everything can be done in the simulator.

This software program is extremely useful for training purposes: you can use it to recreate lighting setups from photography manuals or take your time analyzing pictures by reputed photographers and the unique lighting patterns in their works without having to worry about the clock that’s ticking.

A photographer with their own studio will find the program is suitable for coming up with creative solutions the customers want; it also cuts down on pre-production costs, since the pricey trial shots can get replaced with a nice-looking and presentable 3D model. This is, in fact, a simple and affordable previsualization function similar to the one used in today’s movie industry.

set.a.light 3D®

set.a.light 3D®

A profit-making photo studio can get all of its data certified and advertise its potential through sets of files (among other channels) that make working with equipment more informative and comfortable for their customers; the idea is to make sure photographers rent more hours in the studio for dealing with the creative aspects of the job rather than for longer preparation time. In the long run, the more customers a photographer gets, the more time they spend in a studio, so, in this respect, the software is a mutually beneficial tool.

We went the way of a studio-renting photographer and settled for a low-budget option: three sources of light and a white backdrop. First, we created a draft setup that was adjusted to the model’s height and the light source parameters right in the studio. The geometry is virtually the same, with just a few centimeters’ difference.

A project in set.a.light 3D®

A project in set.a.light 3D®

This is what we got:

set.a.light 3D®

Photograph vs. ‘virtual shot’

set.a.light 3D®

Photograph vs. ‘virtual shot’

Most importantly, set.a.light 3D® gives you a very real picture of what the end result will look like. Visualization works. The setup is obviously just a guideline and not a hard and fast rule to go by. In any case, this is all about simulation and pre-production only, it takes the studio’s real-life conditions for the magic of a good shot to happen. Nevertheless, good setups available for editing afterwards are still more informative and improvement-friendly material than sketches and memories.

Lighting setup export, Version 1

Lighting setup export, Version 1

Lighting setup export, Version 2

Lighting setup export, Version 2

A studio in the lower-price range has its problems: if the equipment happens to come from different manufacturers, especially the inexpensive and Chinese no-names, you have to be more careful with power settings and adjust these in the process.

Still, at the end of the day, the software saves you time and money and allows for a more systemic approach to creative challenges.

Says Alexandra:

Alexandra Kuzyk aka Sahandra Sahandra

Alexandra Kuzyk aka Sahandra Sahandra

This is a great program for photographers with no studio of their own and limited opportunities for learning to work with studio light. You can find out everything about light sources without setting foot outside your home and study the light-and-dark patterns they produce. The program provides a realistic lighting analysis and a user-friendly interface, it is intuitively clear and lets you create any lighting setup and edit it easily – no need to spend hours or use lots of equipment on this.

Making-of

set.a.light 3D® is good for both learning and pre-production purposes. The program allows you to model an image and present it to customer at the discussion stage, which makes the photographer’s and the entire shooting team’s job much easier: you can perform much better when you have a clear understanding of what the end result should be.

End results:

By Sahandra Sahandra

By Sahandra Sahandra

By Sahandra Sahandra

By Sahandra Sahandra

By Sahandra Sahandra

By Sahandra Sahandra

Links:

set.a.light 3D® – elixxier Software: https://www.elixxier.com/en/index.php
Alexandra Kuzyk (aka Sahandra Sahandra), photographer: https://vk.com/id19848014
Anna Filina, model: https://vk.com/fil913
Special thanks to Intellekt-Photo https://www.intel-foto.ru/

In Russian: http://photoekb.ru/?p=10016.

Короткий URL: http://photoekb.ru/?p=10062

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