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Producing imagery with ARCHICAD or 3rd party products; Surfaces; Lighting; Cameras; Artlantis/Cinema 4D/Maxwell etc.

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By darwinland
Is it only me but I have the feeling that we have better scenes with Sky than with HDRI library images. I can obtain much better and crispy images using Sky than HDRI. Is it only my feeling?
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By Erwin Edel
I think the HDRI images in the library are not that great quality, but I gave up on trying to find a good HDRI that matches typical surroundings for our projects.
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By Erwin Edel
Those look interesting, as they don't show the terrain, which is generally where the typical HDRI images I have found fail to work (living in a very flat country, all the nice images with hills / mountains in the background don't really work).

However, won't that look 'weird' with your HDRI sky falling below the horizon?
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By Earthworm
You can add a HDRI sky to get realistic lightning, but turn of it's visibility so you can add any background.

Cinerender -> detailed settings -> Enviroment -> Sky Visibility (off)
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By Erwin Edel
I tried that a while back, but you need to rotate the sky to match the sun direction, which took a while of figuring out and in the end with our sketchy look for renders I just go with phyiscal renderer sun.
By darwinland
ejrolon wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:10 pm
Good place to buy high quality HDRI images
Yeah, one of the best, but perhaps for my next project ;). Every time I am much more fan of CG visualisation. It is, no doubt, the most challenging work in an architecture studio, ( I mean mechanic work, not thinking a project)
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By kzaremba
HDR quality is crucial. Those form PG are ok. But for pro CG you need bit more. Also take to the account that HDR render will take more time than Sun. But you can achieve quite decent renders.
By detnies

I have some PG-Skies and they work great in renderers such as Vray or Cycles. With these you don't want to use an extra sun since the HDRI contains a very high amount of brightness in certain areas, which will simulate the sun. So in the best of worlds you should be able to use just a plain HDRI and no ArchiCAD sun to illuminate your scene.

However, I'm not able to get good enough results using only a HDRI in Cinerender. Is anyone else succesful using this approach?
By derekjackson
You can always edit the HDRi in Photoshop to increase the sun brightness. There was a tutorial on Ronen Bekerman's blog a while back, and I'm sure there are more online.

We also use VizPeople's HDRIs - they've given us pretty good results once the sun has been brightened. ... no-sidebar