CGI environments and why they are useful…

All the images above have one thing in common, they were all shot in a studio against a plan background. 


CGI is nothing new, we all know what it is and what it does and over the last 10 years it has slowly started to firm its grip within the Still Life genre of photography. 


2020 was a year of, well, not doing much but that being said I was lucky enough to get some good work from regular clients that kept everything ticking over. I did have plenty of extra time though and I used that to learn CGI because as the saying goes “if you can’t beat them, join them.”


Blender is an amazing open source software that is completely free to download and use and it is so powerful. Blender isn’t industry standard yet but it will be soon in some capacity and other expensive 3D packages like Maya and Cinema 4D will have to start to adapt somehow to combat the rise of this behemoth of a free software.


YOU Tube was the main source of all my learning. Predominately from ‘Blender Guru’s’ channel and a few others. Then it was just a case of hours and hours of practice, learning the basics and trying to get a grasp on how it all works.


I will always be a photographer first and a CGI artist second but combining both disciplines to create images that I find pleasing is a big plus to me. Also, to say its Covid safe is an understatement. Creating worlds inside a computer, having shot the product on a plain background in my studio only really needs a team of one on set. Of course there are times when I can create the product in CGI also. 


You can find all my contact details here if you need me.


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