set.a.light 3D Is a Studio simulation for photographers

Jan 22, 2015

Stefan Kohler

Stefan Kohler is a full-time retoucher. He’s from Germany and likes bacon. In the last years, he built up a broad community around his retouching classes at the Infinite tool’s website.

set.a.light 3D Is a Studio simulation for photographers

Jan 22, 2015

Stefan Kohler

Stefan Kohler is a full-time retoucher. He’s from Germany and likes bacon. In the last years, he built up a broad community around his retouching classes at the Infinite tool’s website.

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studioSimulator Sometimes I wonder why I can’t sleep that good. It happens often is a big shoot is on my plan for the next day, I ask myself “Is my light plan right, did I miss something, is there something to improve?”. As a child of the computerized generation, I was wondering if there is a software to simulate light setups. There are different ideas out there on the web, some use Blender to simulate light, others tried Cinema 4D. I’ve tried some of the provided project files, but … well … I am not a 3D-Guy, so I struggled with the UI of Blender and Cinama 4D. The I found set.a.alight 3D and some things changed. Vergleichsbild_UI_large set.a.light 3D has a very clean UI, is easy to use and performs as expected. Here are some things you can set up:

  • room size (so you can really set up YOUR studio)
  • wall and floor colors
  • a wide variety of lighting modifiers grids and gels
  • studio flashes and speedlights
  • different models with changeable clothings and poses (with one model animated)
  • Utilities like backdrops, boxed, plants, a sofa with free dimensions

And last but not least, you can set up the Camera:

  • Crop-factor
  • focal length
  • aperture
  • orientation: portrait / landscape

As soon as you finished your setup, you can render the result – and this is pretty close to what it looks in “real” light.

Vergleichsbild_setalight_3D_Studio
Set.a.light on the left. real model and lights on the right

If you show mood pictures to a model, they tend to compare themselves with the model on the photo. Most of the time you get messages like “I am not that skinny” or “where do we get that parachute from?” (don’t ask…). If you provide 3D-rendered images, everything is abstract and the model done not want (or subconsciously motivated) to copy exactly what they see. They will try to create their own interpretation, which is a good thing and leads to very relaxed shooting. Here are some sample setups, along with the controls to make them. Speedlights_Studioansicht Interface Right now, I am planning our (Kamerakind) new studio and I’ve found out: Set.a.light is helpful as an architecture program as well. I’ve set up the room size and, I’ve found out that our studio is too small for a full body shot with my favorite lens (85mm). Well… I should have tried that before signing the contract, but at least I will not be disappointed if I use my camera the first time in the studio. Here is the new Studio-plan: kamerakind set.a.alight 3D comes as two versions:

  • basic version for $39.90
  • Studio version for $139,90 

Studio_Basic_Vergleich_EN_gross Elixxier made a little video that shows most of the features:

YouTube video

To have a closer look, visit their Website http://www.elixxier.com/en and if you use the coupon code “RAW-20EX“, you will have a 20% discount until 27th of January.

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One response to “set.a.light 3D Is a Studio simulation for photographers”

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    JP Danko

    Just downloaded my copy – looks super helpful – can’t wait to start playing around with it!