June 05, 2019, 04:00:51 pm
I've found that in a work context, photorealism can actually be a hindrance. The client typically gets distracted and focuses on nitpicking details that distract from the overall intent. The images I posted above are just a personal side project I did in my spare time to see how far I could push it. I have a few other projects I'll post before long. We get so many requests and revisions that very few projects have enough time to really make them spectacular.
I've toyed around with the preset modes, but I don't really use them. At this point I've got a pretty standard stack that I use: sun, shadow, reflection, global illumination, hyperlight, sky light (only on interiors, though. Skylight oddly seems to darken exterior shots, even with brightness all the way up), 2 point perspective, depth of field, lens flare, chromatic aberrations, fog (for atmospheric scattering), color correction, noise, and sharpen.