If there is one thing that I think holds true for presentation of almost every single medium of artwork, it is that lighting can make or break a piece. Lighting is so incredibly important for a number of reasons, and as such is something that one should consider when creating art.
While I like the general concept, and the warm tones of light emanating from the Phoenix as the main light source, it does have it's inconsistencies. One thing that may help is looking how light reacts in real world situations and applications, and try to replicate that closely. References and experimentation can definitely help. When you are working with Poser/Daz and are trying to replicate a 360 radius light source, point lights and infinite sources are far more useful than a spot light.
Also look into colors of light as well. One can combine a combination of colors that can really add realism to an otherwise fantastical scene. If your eyes don't trust the lighting, then something will seem off about the entire scene in general. Just ask any photographer about lighting.
I would suggest looking into trying to get the most out of your texture in combination with your lighting as well. A lot of textures in this scene simply are not reacting to the light in a natural realistic way.
Perspective and point of view on this is pretty straight forward. It's not bad, but maybe a different angle may convey more depth and emotion to the character and scene. A lot of Poser/Daz artists can fall into the straight forward portrait perspective habit, and it is good to explore alternative perspectives in order to get the most out of ones render. Different Lighting and point of view on the same render can drastically change the look and feel of the piece.
All in all it is nicely done. But there are a lot of things I feel that can be improved upon that could add a lot of realism and impact, further heightening that drama of the character and her fantastical creature. Sometimes subject is not enough, and it can be all about the presentation of that subject that brings it home for a viewer.
Thanks for taking time and giving it a close thought. Lighting still seems to be my biggest weakness, I guess, but I'll try to keep your advice in mind and also get some hints from photographers. Also. I have to admit, come to think of it, I often fall for direct perspective. I will try to experiment more with different points of view.
Again, thank you very much!
Even the slightest angle changes can set you apart from other Poser/Daz users. As far as lighting if you are struggling every time look into a book on 3d lighting or there are some really good tutorials out there. I struggled with lighting all the time so I finally broke down and bought one of Dreamlights lighting courses and it has helped me by leaps and bounds.
Thank you for your advice. I checked out Dreamlight immidiately and I guess, I will do a course... well, as soon as I can afford it. But I'm sure, it will help me out a lot. Until then, I will continue looking out for usefull free tutorials. And, experimenting with the results of different camera angles and slight changes. I guess, sometimes, I just need it to be told what I can't see right before my eyes. Again, thank you.