Combining creative CGI and photography for a brochure

Learn how we worked with a photography studio to create photo-realistic lifestyle CGI for an American insulation company.

The client

HBS are a prominent manufacturer for a unique type of wall, floor and ceiling insulation. They are passionate about making buildings more energy efficient - from family homes to industrial warehouses.

The challenge

For this project, HBS were keen to show their products in action in the home. This meant they required cutaway images which showed under the floors and in the walls. Additionally, it was really important that they were able to show their products in the most realistic setting possible, and to include people in the images.

Usually, people are added to CGI from a bank of digital, 3D models. This is relatively simple because they begin as adjustable digital assets. However, HBS wanted something a bit different. For the highest degree of realism, they wanted people in the shot that were real. They needed an innovative solution which would incorporate people into CGI realistically and clearly.

The solution

We advised HBS that we could meet this challenge in partnership with a local photography studio (Refinery Photography). This led us to create CGI images while carefully leaving space for the people in the shot.

After recording the exact lighting details of the image, this was passed on to the photography studio. We knew that this was crucial to get right, and needed their expertise to translate this well into photography (and then for us to transfer this successfully back in to CGI).

Once they received the images, we visited them on set so we could work together to find the best way to combine the CGI with the photography. The real-life models were carefully positioned so that the lighting would match the CGI, and would be ready to carefully translate back into the image for the artists. With Refinery's great photography, we were able to create the most photo-realistic CGI possible for HBS

The impact

This project was a refreshing combination of partnerships – Image Foundry, Refinery, HBS (and their agency). It was a great opportunity to work with photographers, stylists and artists to make CGI that aligned even better with real life.

Since the results were successful and the project ran smoothly, we anticipate doing further work with Refinery and HBS in a growing partnership. It deepened our conviction that collaborative partnerships from different industries can combine to create effective CGI.

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