Top Things to Consider When Hiring a 3D Rendering Company or Individual
Considering 3D Rendering Company or Individual?
Hiring a company or an individual to assist you with your architectural renderings is an exciting process. Regardless of the initial research that usually is conducted prior to your selection, the process from conception to final rendering can be a very exciting and rewarding journey. In this article, we will review what we believe are the best tips and factors to take into account when searching for a qualified candidate. Whether you’re choosing an individual or a company, both have their pros and cons and we hope that this article will help clarify the process for you.
1.Quality of Portfolio –
When selecting an ideal candidate for your project, final quality should always be on the list of your priorities. Quality will almost always dictate your final return on your investment and is usually what sets providers apart. Quality will also heavily dictate your final price point. Now, to be fair quality is very subjective especially to the untrained eye. For example, just because a portfolio doesn’t dictate the highest fidelity and most photo-realistic imagery, it doesn’t mean that they do not have some other kind of appeal. Whether it be artistic style, or method of execution, “quality” may boil down to what best suits your project. When deciding on quality, we always recommend you take your final target demographic into account. When selecting renderings for marketing or promotional purposes, such as for a master plan community development, then we would almost always recommend that you should pursue highly photo-realistic imagery as a final output as the sale is always in the details. However, if you’re just an individual who’s seeking to get a home improvement project approved by a board, then extremely high realism may not be truly necessary. The point with small home improvement projects is more to get the point across rather than impressing a specific demographic.
2.Turnaround Time –
3D rendering while an exciting process, could also be a lengthy one depending on your project. However, it doesn’t always have to be. There are no standard rendering times, but in our experience, most projects handled by a company will see a 3-5 day turnaround time, not including revisions. In your search for a candidate it should be mandatory that you always request a quote on estimated turnaround times. This is where we start to see a divergence in what an established 3D rendering company could offer, versus a smaller company or individual. High end rendering, is a very computer processor intensive task that can not be handled by ordinary desktops and PCs. Often times, final renderings are handled by very high end workstations or even render farms. Render farms are a specialized set of nodes that are dedicated towards nothing else but doing the heavy lifting of computing lighting for your renders, producing the final image. Many individuals do not have access to dedicated render farms as not only are they costly to purchase, but they also involve high costs to maintain. Companies that have in-house or dedicated render farms will almost always be able to get you from start to finish much quicker than a single individual can.
3.Revision Policy –
With any creative or design service it is rare that you will see absolute perfection on the first pass. While often most renderings done by a qualified candidate may get very close to meeting your project’s criteria and ultimately your satisfaction, there will almost always inevitably be some slight edits required to get things “just right”. With that being said, revision policies should always be on the top list of your priorities. Many times, most providers will always include some form of revisions within their base price. Whenever the revision quota is met, then changes are separately quoted. Rarely, we even see providers include unlimited revisions. However, one may have the right to be wary of any provider offering unlimited revisions as either there may be a compromise of skill, time or both. Unlimited revisions can easily lead towards carelessness on the provider’s behalf which could get you stuck in a near infinite revision loop. Individuals or companies who are confident in their work will have no issue in assuring that you’re project will be satisfied within their revision quota.
There’s a good reason why pricing is last on this list. The reason being that good quality work isn’t cheap, and cheap work isn’t good quality. That’s not to say that good can't also be affordable. If selecting a qualified candidate you can often find that not only could your quality be met, but so could your budget. Keep in mind that the provider that could deliver what you want sooner, will always translate into higher savings. This ensures that unnecessary time wasted and costs for out of scope revisions are avoided. This is not to justify unreasonably high costs for standard rendering jobs. There really isn’t a standard pricing model either across the industry. Usually a variety of factors will come into effect when determining your project’s pricing, including final quality, quantity of images/animation, turnaround time, and revisions. However, most high quality photo-realistic jobs from a reputable domestic company will usually start from $1,000 an image. You can often find cheaper prices overseas, but it is strongly recommended that you try to keep your work within domestic companies. Domestic companies are going to be much more familiar with existing building codes, architecture, culture, and functionality which inevitably not only translate into saved time, but also saved money. We’re always firm believers in you get what you pay for and if possible, price should be the last compromise you come to whether it be with an individual or company.
Armed with these tips and tools we’re confident that you could approach your next project with confidence that you will knock everything out of the park! Rendering should be a fun and exciting task that has a high payoff in the end. There’s nothing more exciting or rewarding than seeing your designs come to life in a final, high quality, and convincing presentation.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed this week’s content and we look forward to connecting with you in the next up coming week to discuss more topics important to our industry.