As a visitor to this forum I make a daily trip to the 3D Finished works forum to look at al the nice stuff that’s being made. Every now and then there is some work that has been done with Terragen and in almost any case there are negative reactions stating that Terragen is a toy and that it’s easy to make good looking landscapes with it by just pushing a few buttons.
To me this sounds like telling a photographer that his/her work is just childplay because all you do is pointing the camera at something and push a button. Oh yeah, that picture is just simple, you didn’t model that landscape yourself… ?! Of course we won’t say that to a photographer as we know that making a good (or even great) photograph there is a lot of stuff involved like composition, camera positioning and lighting.
The strange thing is that with Terragen, making a good (or even great) picture is also involving composition, camera positioning and lighting. If you have a nice camera you can make nice pictures with it but if you are really good at it you make wonderfull pictures. Same with Terragen.
I have used Terragen for several years and most stuff I made is mediocre and not worth showing. Those are ‘nice’ pictures but not ‘great’ ones. But I have seen stuff done with only Terragen that fals clearly into the category of ‘great pictures’ and I know from my own experience that it is simple to make a ‘nice’ picture with Terragen but it takes hard work and skill to make real great pictures with it.
And don’t say that using Terragen ‘to get the job done quickly’ is ok, because in that perspective it is still though of as a ‘simple’ program that does not need any serious skills to use.
So why is Terragen being looked upon as a toy ?