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3301.3 In reply to 3301.1 
Hi Danny,

Sorry Danny, we are already there!! See all those nice glossy product photos in the magazines. A large portion of them are 3D. Lots have 3D models and photos seamlessly blended and you can't tell where the join is. Unless it's badly done of course.

>> all is needed is a PC and some software

Mmmm ... you need more than that - you need someone who knows how to use the PC and software and, more importantly, knows how to communicate. The skill is not in being able to use the tools themselves but in knowing how to use them to achieve the desired result. For example, just knowing how to use a camera doesn't make you a photographer. Anyone can press the keys and get notes out of a piano but it doesn't make them a musician.

>> maybe it will give us the upper hand in recognising what is real or not.

But isn't what you are really saying is that 3D has reached the point where you can't tell the difference between a photo and a render. But, photos don't really reflect reality either. This was one of the things I was taught at art college. Lenses distort, especial wide angles make things look much bigger that they are. Ever been to look at a house and thought, this room looked bigger in the brochure? Plus, photo re-touching has been around almost as long as photography has. So you can't trust the photos either :-)

Slightly less random thoughts from me.


(aka HamSoles)