First light match test
There we go, the first light match is done. Still a few things to fix here and there but I think it’s pretty solid overall.
I captured a HDR with a good range of values (0 to +- 220), so didn’t need to fake any lighting. Then I modelled all the backplate geometry, and projected the backplate picture onto that geo. By doing this I also have the geometry it stands on affecting the lighting of the cg elements, not just the HDRI.
From here on it’s just plug and play. Super fun! Learned a lot by doing this!