I found that Paolo Ciccone, the lighting wizard behind the well-reviewed Reality 2 plugin (it hooks up DAZ with the powerful and free LuxRender), has a free set of improved default lights for DAZ Studio 3d. Plus a handy little tutorial on how to install them…
“The default lighting in DAZ Studio 3d is very unflattering and un-inspiring. Basically it’s one single flood light mounted on top of the camera and it creates very flat, boring lighting. [so] I created a startup file for you that installs a simple but nice three-light system that immediately improves your lighting in Studio. This is not meant to be your final lighting, just the starting point.”
Here’s a preview of the changes that the new lights make…
They work with DAZ Studio 3d 3 and 4.
Carrara 8 is DAZ Studio's official 'big sister' software.
Carrara loads all DAZ and Poser characters and scenes,
and supports LuxRender for top-quality realistic rendering.