I didn't read any handbook of Poser, 3DSMax, Vue or octane - I've learned by just doing, making scenes, playing around, reading in the different forums on ReRo and other sites and communities.
Some years ago I started working with Poser 2 but all the pictures I could make using that software were very low-res; there was no fetish- or bdsm-stuff and the characters were very low-poly - they didn't have bones in their fingers so the results were poor and sometimes funny.
After that starting with Poser 4 I've made my first postings in Renderotica and you can find some early pieces of my art in the book "digital beauties" (Taschen).
I made my first props and suits using the older versions of 3DSMax but all of those were static (smart) props without any bones/rigging.
Meanwhile I'm using Poser Pro 2014, I model most of the suits in 3DSMax 2014 and I use Octane for rendering - most of the settings/scenes and rooms are made in ArchiCad, which I use in my job also.
I hope you like my art.
Hamburg, 2014, My-Rho
personal quote: Adversus necessitatem ne dii quidem resistunt .