Who likes waiting?
I must confess that I was never a big fan of the rendering process. Clicking a button and then waiting minutes while an image (or portion of an image) appears, is… painful.
Perhaps it was all the years working in I.T.. I calculated it ounce, based on a few projects that I worked on. I spent over a year of my life staring at progress bars.
0%…. 10%…. 50%… 51%…. 52%…. 53%…
… though don’t expect anything “photo real” coming from me anytime too soon, I’m still working to get there.
Blender’s Cycle render engine renders stuff on the fly, refining the render more and more, as time progresses. This is making it very simple for lighting setup.
Cycles can also utilize a GPU for faster render speeds, though installation of CUDA is required (for NVIDIA graphics cards). This isn’t something I’m going to mess with yet… but double or tripling render speeds would be so so sweeeeeet.