Recently, I saw a posting online basically raising this question posed by a guy, like myself, that works with 3D Poser type figures—more specifically posable figures from daz.com. He was showing some of his images and felt they were so believably real looking that he felt they could someday soon replace live people model photography. So I decided to pose the question to you, the professional art directors and am looking for your comments.
10 years ago, I wrote an article called, “Remember When Poser Figures Looked Like Ugly Toys?”
I showed this image of the first Poser figures and some samples using the new and improved Poser and Daz figures from that time. But over the last 10 years many more improvements have been made, especially by Daz—and especially in the last year.
As is evident in these various samples, realism is not only dependent on the quality of the model used, but also on proper posing, expression, and definitely lighting. Though expressions are easier to manipulate now, what you loose that photography provides is spontaneity. However, cost savings and infinite control of every aspect of the character and the image may make using 3D models, instead of photography, sometimes a viable alternative.
Take a look at these images and let me know what you think.
Click on any image to enlarge.