HDRI Haven is creating free, high quality HDRIs for everyone
607

patrons

$1,954
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.
If you would like to make anonymous recurring donations, I'm on Liberapay too.

Where your money goes

In the beginning, most of the money will go towards maintaining and improving the website (making higher resolutions available, upgrading server capacity, etc) and funding travel for new HDRIs. But as things grow, we'll get to create more and more exciting things like an HDRI-shooting drone, crazy high resolution night time HDRIs with stars and entire new websites for textures and other assets.

There are a number of goals on the left of this page, these are what we're working towards together. Each of them explains what the money is needed for, but I also release a public finance report every month so that you know exactly what was donated and where it was spent/saved.

The goals can't be guaranteed to be fulfilled immediately as soon as they are met. Some of them will take time to implement, and some may have to be pushed back if the funding target is found to be unrealistic. Obviously I do my best to be accurate (and overestimate if unsure), and I'll update you if anything changes.

All donations will be used first and foremost for HDRI Haven itself. After the expenses are covered and most of the remainder kept for travel and equipment savings, a small portion will be used for my own personal expenses (food, rent, medical, etc.). The more time I spend on HDRIs, the less time I spend on freelance work (yay!), which means I need to draw more from donations for my personal expenses. Again, all the details are publically available in the finance reports :)
Tiers
Thanks!
$1 or more per month 119 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 338 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 86 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 37 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
$1,954 of $2,000 per month
Open Source It!
[reached 2018/05/23]

Publish all the code for all the custom tools I use to make HDRIs and allow people to contribute HDRIs to the site (after strict quality control). Website code will also be published.

Money used for: time needed to clean and publish all my horrible code, and document my workflow. Also, contributors should be compensated a fair portion of Patreon donations.
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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.
If you would like to make anonymous recurring donations, I'm on Liberapay too.

Where your money goes

In the beginning, most of the money will go towards maintaining and improving the website (making higher resolutions available, upgrading server capacity, etc) and funding travel for new HDRIs. But as things grow, we'll get to create more and more exciting things like an HDRI-shooting drone, crazy high resolution night time HDRIs with stars and entire new websites for textures and other assets.

There are a number of goals on the left of this page, these are what we're working towards together. Each of them explains what the money is needed for, but I also release a public finance report every month so that you know exactly what was donated and where it was spent/saved.

The goals can't be guaranteed to be fulfilled immediately as soon as they are met. Some of them will take time to implement, and some may have to be pushed back if the funding target is found to be unrealistic. Obviously I do my best to be accurate (and overestimate if unsure), and I'll update you if anything changes.

All donations will be used first and foremost for HDRI Haven itself. After the expenses are covered and most of the remainder kept for travel and equipment savings, a small portion will be used for my own personal expenses (food, rent, medical, etc.). The more time I spend on HDRIs, the less time I spend on freelance work (yay!), which means I need to draw more from donations for my personal expenses. Again, all the details are publically available in the finance reports :)

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Tiers
Thanks!
$1 or more per month 119 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 338 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 86 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 37 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