Project 1: Compositing Light and Shadow

March 23, 2019

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Over spring break, I started modeling my object for this project, which is an Elmer's glue stick. Overall, the model resembles the reference although the bottom part needs more work and I will probably go back to it later on to make it more accurate.

Object WIP

Object reference

April 3, 2019

Clean Plate
Clean Plate

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Sphere in shadow
Sphere in shadow

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Perspective Reference
Perspective Reference

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Clean Plate
Clean Plate

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These are the reference photos for the background and the background plate for the project. The was overcast when I took the photos and that caused the light to change a little in from photo to photo. To be able to match the final result to the sphere reference photo I will have to color correct it. 

April 4, 2019

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HDR Exposures
HDR Exposures

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HDR Exposures
HDR Exposures

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HDR Exposures
HDR Exposures

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HDR Exposures
HDR Exposures

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The next day in class I merged the different exposures of the chrome sphere photos into the HDR used for fill light. I also matched the camera and key light using the photo with the cube for perspective reference. The results are in the photos below.

HDR

Cube reference
Cube reference

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Camera match
Camera match

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Cube reference
Cube reference

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April 5, 2019

Sphere reference
Sphere reference

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Sphere composite WIP
Sphere composite WIP

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Beauty layer
Beauty layer

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Sphere reference
Sphere reference

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After Wednesday's class and over the weekend I went back to my model and redid the bottom part and adjusted the shader to match better the material. I also worked on the shadow GOBO, which was difficult as the dark rocks on the ground make it more difficult to separate the light and shadow areas into black and white.  

Shadow GOBO

Shadow GOBO

Final object version
Final object version

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Label texture map
Label texture map

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Final object version
Final object version

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April 8, 2019

Over the weekend, I started to try to integrate the object into the background. However, to do so effectively I had to first match the background clean plate to the background in the sphere photo for accuracy. Color correcting the clean plate was difficult for the same reason as making the GOBO. The dark rocks in the background make it difficult to correct based on shadows, midtones and highlights. The solution that proved successful was using the same GOBO I made for the shadow projection as a mask for my color corrections. This idea was suggested by Sarah Van Alstyne.

April 9, 2019

Clean plate color corrected
Clean plate color corrected

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Clean plate original
Clean plate original

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Clean plate color corrected
Clean plate color corrected

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Object composite WIP
Object composite WIP

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glue_process.0016
glue_process.0016

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Object composite WIP
Object composite WIP

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Object composite WIP
Object composite WIP

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glue_proj.png

Object final version composite

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Sphere reference

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Plate color correction node graph

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Sphere final version composite

Between last update and this one, I focused on the compositing side of the project more. I made color correction changes to different AOV layers to match the sphere reference. I also spent some time making sure the projected shadow was actually affecting the specular component in the object, which proved to need more color corrections than other AOVS to actually create an effect on the specularity. Although I'm happy with the final results I do believe there is still some things that can be improved and would like to go back to it later, like spending more time on the subsurface element of the shader.

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Compositing node graph

Shadow layer
Shadow layer

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Shadow projection layer
Shadow projection layer

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Beauty layer
Beauty layer

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Shadow layer
Shadow layer

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Object occlusion layer
Object occlusion layer

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Beauty layer
Beauty layer

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Shadow reflection layer
Shadow reflection layer

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Object occlusion layer
Object occlusion layer

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Light settings