Thanks to threads posted by Men With Dolls members, I have become fascinated with 3D software, specifically DAZ Studio. A friend encouraged me to investigate the software, and I got hooked. There is a lot of cross-over of themes with the 1/6th scale hobby.
Unlike most large software such as Photoshop, there is a complete lack of how-to guides or other organized instructional material. This leads to a lot of frustration and wasted time. Rather than have a cohesive reference source, this software requires extensive use of the leading search engine, and its associated video site. A lot of time is spent sifting through long dead threads on forums, and video tutorials of varying quality and relevance. Even documentation on the DAZ site is out of date. DAZ help usually takes 4 days to respond, far too slow to be of help.
The software really deserves better than this. I have gotten help from a member of Men With Dolls who is an avid user of the software, and has patiently explained some of the processes to me. I have also contacted some of the content artists on Renderosity and Renderotica to explain how to better utilize their products using DAZ software.
A common saying when I was an aircraft technician was RFM- "Read the 'Freaking' Manual". Too bad this doesn't apply to the DAZ world.
I will start posting links here to pages with my attempts to create some 3D renders.