3D RENDERING ON THE CHEAP WITH DAZ STUDIO
Many people probably already know this stuff but I figured it wouldn't hurt to mention it in case some people haven't.
STEP 1: GO DOWNLOAD DAZ STUDIO FOR FREE
Basically if you want to try some of this 3D Rendering stuff out for yourself, a really cheap and quick way to get started doing it is with Daz Studio, which you can get totally free of charge. So Daz is a great way to get started playing around with this stuff for free. Later if you find yourself getting more and more into it and you want a richer feature set, you can go ahead and buy Poser. But I think a good first step is to just downlo