It all started with a takeaway curry back in 2008, when brothers-in-law, Mark and Simon, ended up discussing recent developments in rendering and the need for real-time lighting creation during their meal. The need for interactive HDRI maps was agreed. A few weeks later, Simon emailed Mark a basic software program which allowed a single light to be moved around the HDR canvas, applying lat-long distortions in real-time. The foundation for HDR Light Studio was set.
The lighting software was developed further for both fun and for Mark to use on his 3D projects. However, in February 2009, HDR Light Studio was released for sale to the public. It quickly gained a following in the 3D industry, with customers ranging from individual 3D artists to major automotive and product manufacturers. As Lightmap looks toward its next decade, its goal of providing the most advanced tool on the market for live HDRI map authoring and editing remains, as does its commitment to its users.