There are some really amazing renders here, especially those in the past two pages. It makes Octane look really appealing
I looks like Cycles might be a good option as well, I’m really impressed with the last image posted by 3doutlaw.
I’ve been playing with Reality 3 and Lux the past couple of weeks, but I’m not even close to what y’all are doing yet. At least I’m finally getting some use out of Poser 2012 (never bee able to get along very well with Poser lighting). I’m getting closer to the results I can get with Carrara now, but my focus isn’t photo realism, just realistic 3D.
The link below is to my second render using Reality3, not as good as the images posted here, but I thought I’d share as I learn. Warning, the image has “nudity”. I really like the way Reality3 handles the conversion of the skin shaders. Lux is great render engine, just sloooowww.
...worked with 2010 on the old system. Ran pretty well in 32 bit compared to S3Advanced. I particularly liked the ability to render in background mode the Queue Manager as it made best used of the limited memory resourced I had. I could also use Occlusion and Ray Tracing which in 3Delight would be a quick trip to a crash.
I do hear you about Poser’s lighting system. I find Daz to be much more intuitive and more like working with actual stage lighting. Then there’s the ability by one click to view though a spotlight like a camera for fine tuning.
I have Reality 2.5 for Daz which will mean an entirely different learning curve with lighting as it approaches the task more from a photographer’s, rather than theatrical lighting tech’s angle. I messed around with 35mm photography but not at a truly professional level and most of my work was out of doors usually photographing events like airshows, races, kite festivals, etc. Also going to need to learn a lot more about surface properties, something when I worked with oil paints or picked up the old Richo SLR wasn’t much of a concern other than if I could see it, I could paint or shoot it.
Waiting for the Daz version of R3 so we can get SSS to help with skin tones (and make rendering go even slower).
I’ve got Reality 2.5 for DS too, and will jump on Reality3 for DS as soon as it comes out. I haven’t used Reality that much with DS because I can actually get decent lighting in DS fairly easily, and the render times are a bit faster. I’ve dabbled with Luxus a bit as well, and it has some really nice features, but I like Reality3 better so far. I still prefer Carrara though, but it’s been a lot of fun to finally use Poser 2012 without fighting with the lighting.
I have zero art or photographic training, I just do this for fun. I’m obviously not nearly as talented as most of the people here, or ar rendo, rdna, deviant art, etc. But, I am continually amazed when I actually create something that someone else likes!! It’s kind of like “Wow, I actually made that?”, cause I’m definitely no artist!!