I put off using DS for rendering for quite some time, I usually do all my poses in DS then export to Bryce or Carrara for the actual rendering part because of simplicity and quality. Recently, I’ve found BlenderRenders. Of all I’ve seen so far they’re the only ones that have the official stable release of Lux1.0, as well as the option to render via network, OR to upload it to their servers and let it run, re-download the lux files, merge and get fantastic results. I love their prices, the render below is after 1 hour (took my slow computer more than 3 days of off-and-on rendering to get almost half way there).
I was curious if anyone else uses services like this to do things, especially for competitions or the many forum challenges here. Seems they’d be a good way to meet a deadline if you’re like me and cannot afford to give up your computer for hours to let a project render. So far they’re the best price I’ve come accross. My picture cost $1.00, which I think it quite reasonable. Other sites I’ve found ONLY do animations and not stills or require a large deposit.
After trying this service out, and seeing how they pretty much beat any other offer out there i’m wondering if there is any others out there like them that offer this kind of deal. As well as share it here on the forums for those who might not know about them and want a look. Now… If only there were a farm out there that supported Carrara (I’ve only found 1 so far, and they require a lot as a minimum charge).