No one will discuss the new destruction system below.
Besides, if you'd be involved in project budgeting you would be aware that the costs are growing and using cheap alternatives is inevitable. This is the business. first of all.
If you hate people that can make your life easier and see the threat in everything related to AI then you can hardly call yourself an artist. Rather than a kid who likes to be in a comfort zone.
Finding a perfect reference might be tough. Sometimes you have to spend hours looking for the right photo, wasting your precious time. PHOTOBASH might solve your problem. It is an online resource providing affordable royalty free photo packs. It features tons of high-quality image sets (some of them are even free) that can really help you.
The project provides images to Concept Artists, Matte Painters, 3D Modellers and Illustrators. You can use images freely in commercial and personal work. Feel free to utilize them for matte painting, photo-bashing, texturing or just as references for digital or traditional work.
The sets here are shot with some of the best cameras like the Canon 5D MkIII and Sony A7r II. Serious stuff!
PHOTOBASH provides images up to 8k Native Resolution and stitched panoramas of up to 20k.
All photos are said to be taken in uncompressed RAW format, processed and converted to high quality JPEGS.