Testing out how I want the composition to be. Think I will keep it simple.
Also figured out today how to get the reflections of the projected environment without getting the diffuse rays, which means this version is comped properly and I’ve got all the control I would ever want. Ray switch to the rescue! The projected image doesn’t return any diffuse rays for the shadow catcher shader. Neat little trick!
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!