The octane render looks very good and as a bonus it’ll work with Modo, hmmm $99 or £64 for us Brits.. very tempting.
I’m going to have a crack at getting some decent result with the native render, some renders I’ve seen are stunning but the vast
majority look flat.
http://carraracafe.com/?p=201 the table and chairs pic is fantastic
http://carraracafe.com/?p=234 again wow.
I think DT said he just used an HDRI for lighting that table and chairs pic. It is fantastic. Just takes time to render unless you have a faster PC. Cath Harders (Mec4D) says that she found a way of getting Carrara to use full spectrum light. She didn’t say how but I’m guessing it may be HDRI related as I think DT may have been working with those kind, too, as he has some high quality HDRIs in his light packs in the store.
The flatness of some renders is one of the problems of being on a mainly hobbiest site - most of the images are done for fun - so many people don’t go far enough in pursuing quality. And there are also different goals… some folks are working on different types of art and are not pursuing the reality goal. Carrara is great in that gives you lots of flexibility in getting to where you want to go with your art.