A few years ago I was looking at Cycles, but it didn’t seem mature enough yet to switch from the internal renderer.
Well, I notice now a denoiser, shadow catcher, a new general purpose shader, and the Filmic stuff, so I thought maybe it is a good time to finally start using it.
However, I made a real quick scene and I saw what I remembered was such a turn off years ago: fireflies!
I know there are lots of ways to fix this, but straight out of the box in a very simple setup, they are appearing just like when I first saw them. Isn’t there a quick fix yet or setting to deal with this issue?
But my main reason for posting here is to ask ‘what I should learn first about Cycles?’ What area should I focus on in the beginning to get a better understanding of how it works? Maybe someone who has been using Cycles for awhile can direct me, if he was just starting out today and could know back then what he knows now.