HDRI Haven is creating free, high quality HDRIs for everyone
652

patrons

$2,091
per month
Well hi there, glad you could make it :)

My name is Greg Zaal and, as I'm sure you know, I create HDRIs.

But not just any HDRIs. I create free, unclipped HDRIs.

"Unclipped" means they're true HDRIs: they contain the full dynamic range of the scene they were captured in. Most HDRIs you come across online, even the paid ones, are "clipped", which means the highest part of the dynamic range is missing, leaving your 3D scene looking fake or just bland. This is not always an easy problem to solve, but I've made it my mission to do it so that you can have the best and most realistic lighting possible right off the bat.

Oh and they're not just free either, they're CC0 - basically public domain. "Public domain" means they belong to the public, the public owns them; you own them. It doesn't get any more free than that, you can literally use them for anything, anywhere, however you like. You can modify them, abuse them and even share them around, all without requiring credit or even mention of where you got them.

This is what freedom is, but it needs your help.

Creating HDRIs is an expensive task - camera equipment and travel costs are notoriously high, often thousands of dollars each, but there are also the day-to-day costs of running a website that makes these massive HDR files available for free.

This is where you come in. With your support, not only can we keep HDRI Haven alive and running, but we can improve it. Higher resolution HDRIs, more of them, more often, and in more interesting places.

How it works

This Patreon page is not a paywall - by supporting me here, you're helping me create HDRIs that are available to everyone for free. The various reward levels on the right are a way for me to say thank you, allow you to get more involved in the process and be recognized for your contribution.

All patrons have access to a private Trello board where they can make suggestions and vote on various things like new HDRI ideas, travel locations, and how the donations are spent.

Payments are made automatically at the beginning of the month. For the lower reward levels, you'll get your reward immediately after signing up (even in the middle of a month). For higher reward levels ($20+) you may have to wait until after the payment has been processed before getting your reward. 

If you have any questions, just shout :)

If you'd prefer to make a once-off donation, you can do so with PayPal or Bitcoin.

Where your money goes

There are a number of goals on the left of this page, such as better camera equipment for even higher quality HDRIs, timelapses, a drone rig... these are what we're working towards together.

Each of the goals explain what the money is needed for, but for even more clarity I also release a public finance report every month so that you know exactly how much was donated and where it was spent or saved.

I treat your donations as if the money still belongs to you. The majority of it is saved for travel costs and future equipment upgrades, with as little as possible being kept to cover my own living expenses.
Tiers
Thanks!
$1 or more per month 155 patrons
Every bit helps :)

At this level (and all higher levels), you can:
  • Vote on new HDRIs, travel locations, and generally help decide where the money goes.
  • Put your name at the bottom of every page on hdrihaven.com (optional)
Includes Discord rewards
Offline Library
$3 or more per month 363 patrons
Join a Google Drive folder containing all my HDRIs so that you can keep them on your own hard drive and don't have to download them one by one. Plus, it updates automatically with new HDRIs!

This folder is big, but it doesn't use up any of your Google Drive space since you don't own the folder. You can also choose which resolutions to sync to save on bandwidth and harddrive space.

Includes all previous rewards (voting + name on every page).
Includes Discord rewards
Early Access
$5 or more per month 100 patrons
Download HDRIs before anyone else! I normally shoot and stitch HDRIs in batches, so you'll be able to grab them as soon as they're ready instead of waiting for the release schedule.

Includes all previous rewards (voting + name on every page + offline library).
Includes Discord rewards
Sponsor
$10 or more per month 41 patrons
Choose an HDRI every month to stick your name and a link next to permanently. You can do this once or as often as you like and switch back to a lower tier, your name will stay there.

Includes all previous rewards (voting + name on every page + offline library + early access).
Includes Discord rewards
Semi-Exclusive HDRIs
$20 or more per month 15 patrons
Don’t like it when everyone uses the same HDRI as you? Patrons at this level get a special HDRI each month which is not made public until 6 months later.


Includes access to all previous semi-exclusive HDRIs that aren't public yet. Each month you can vote for the HDRI you'll receive at the start of the next month.


Includes all previous rewards (voting + name on every page + offline library + early access + sponsor).

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$2,091 of $2,500 per month
New camera gear!

Possibly 25K HDRIs, night time HDRIs with stars, less noise and higher quality in general.

Money used for: Camera gear, obviously. Patrons will help decide the specifics, whether to go for brute force resolution, shooting speed or better night-time gear.

Gear savings from previous months will be used here and help to reduce the goal target.
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Well hi there, glad you could make it :)

My name is Greg Zaal and, as I'm sure you know, I create HDRIs.

But not just any HDRIs. I create free, unclipped HDRIs.

"Unclipped" means they're true HDRIs: they contain the full dynamic range of the scene they were captured in. Most HDRIs you come across online, even the paid ones, are "clipped", which means the highest part of the dynamic range is missing, leaving your 3D scene looking fake or just bland. This is not always an easy problem to solve, but I've made it my mission to do it so that you can have the best and most realistic lighting possible right off the bat.

Oh and they're not just free either, they're CC0 - basically public domain. "Public domain" means they belong to the public, the public owns them; you own them. It doesn't get any more free than that, you can literally use them for anything, anywhere, however you like. You can modify them, abuse them and even share them around, all without requiring credit or even mention of where you got them.

This is what freedom is, but it needs your help.

Creating HDRIs is an expensive task - camera equipment and travel costs are notoriously high, often thousands of dollars each, but there are also the day-to-day costs of running a website that makes these massive HDR files available for free.

This is where you come in. With your support, not only can we keep HDRI Haven alive and running, but we can improve it. Higher resolution HDRIs, more of them, more often, and in more interesting places.

How it works

This Patreon page is not a paywall - by supporting me here, you're helping me create HDRIs that are available to everyone for free. The various reward levels on the right are a way for me to say thank you, allow you to get more involved in the process and be recognized for your contribution.

All patrons have access to a private Trello board where they can make suggestions and vote on various things like new HDRI ideas, travel locations, and how the donations are spent.

Payments are made automatically at the beginning of the month. For the lower reward levels, you'll get your reward immediately after signing up (even in the middle of a month). For higher reward levels ($20+) you may have to wait until after the payment has been processed before getting your reward. 

If you have any questions, just shout :)

If you'd prefer to make a once-off donation, you can do so with PayPal or Bitcoin.

Where your money goes

There are a number of goals on the left of this page, such as better camera equipment for even higher quality HDRIs, timelapses, a drone rig... these are what we're working towards together.

Each of the goals explain what the money is needed for, but for even more clarity I also release a public finance report every month so that you know exactly how much was donated and where it was spent or saved.

I treat your donations as if the money still belongs to you. The majority of it is saved for travel costs and future equipment upgrades, with as little as possible being kept to cover my own living expenses.

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Tiers
Thanks!
$1 or more per month 155 patrons
Every bit helps :)

At this level (and all higher levels), you can:
  • Vote on new HDRIs, travel locations, and generally help decide where the money goes.
  • Put your name at the bottom of every page on hdrihaven.com (optional)
Includes Discord rewards
Offline Library
$3 or more per month 363 patrons
Join a Google Drive folder containing all my HDRIs so that you can keep them on your own hard drive and don't have to download them one by one. Plus, it updates automatically with new HDRIs!

This folder is big, but it doesn't use up any of your Google Drive space since you don't own the folder. You can also choose which resolutions to sync to save on bandwidth and harddrive space.

Includes all previous rewards (voting + name on every page).
Includes Discord rewards
Early Access
$5 or more per month 100 patrons
Download HDRIs before anyone else! I normally shoot and stitch HDRIs in batches, so you'll be able to grab them as soon as they're ready instead of waiting for the release schedule.

Includes all previous rewards (voting + name on every page + offline library).
Includes Discord rewards
Sponsor
$10 or more per month 41 patrons
Choose an HDRI every month to stick your name and a link next to permanently. You can do this once or as often as you like and switch back to a lower tier, your name will stay there.

Includes all previous rewards (voting + name on every page + offline library + early access).
Includes Discord rewards
Semi-Exclusive HDRIs
$20 or more per month 15 patrons
Don’t like it when everyone uses the same HDRI as you? Patrons at this level get a special HDRI each month which is not made public until 6 months later.


Includes access to all previous semi-exclusive HDRIs that aren't public yet. Each month you can vote for the HDRI you'll receive at the start of the next month.


Includes all previous rewards (voting + name on every page + offline library + early access + sponsor).

Includes Discord rewards