The environment is often too complex and needs a lot of time to recreate in 3d. In this case, we can make compositing. We can merge our 3d model into the environment. This is not simpler than creating a 3d environment and requires other kinds of skills. In this project, we merged a huge 3d model of the container house into the photo, supplied by the client.
Steps to take:
1) Receive a high-quality photo and prepare it for compositing
2) Create a 3d model of the client's concept or drawings
3) Adapt camera angles and perspective in 3ds Max referring to the photo
4) Render the 3d model
5) Proceed to Photoshop for the final compositing and color correction